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Restore the Delta Submits Comments on Bay-Delta Plan Updates; SWRCB Prohibits Discussion of Plan Updates at WaterFix Hearing

For immediate release: July 27, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Tim Stroshane, Policy Analyst, Restore the Delta, 510-847-7556, [email protected] Restore the Delta Submits Comments on Bay-Delta Plan Updates; SWRCB Prohibits Discussion of Plan Updates at WaterFix Hearing STOCKTON, CA – Today, Restore the Delta submitted their comments regarding the proposed updates to the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan in a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). As outlined in their recent policy statement on the Water Quality Control Plan, Restore the Delta maintains that the Plan does not examine water quality impacts on the Delta’s environmental justice community, nor does it protect salinity standards for south Delta agriculture. In addition, the [...]

Environmental Coalition Sends Clear Message to Secretary Zinke and Representative Denham: Hands off State Water Rights and Delta Flows!

MODESTO, CA – Today, an environmental coalition comprised of Restore the Delta, Sierra Club, Friends of the River, and Save California Salmon held a press conference outside of Representative Jeff Denham’s (R-Turlock) Modesto office in response to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to Denham’s district to discuss Valley water rights and California water infrastructure projects. To watch the press conference via Facebook Live, click here. The coalition criticized Denham for introducing yet another provision to the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 6147)—a bill that has received scrutiny from Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris, and California Secretary for Natural Resources, John Laird due to riders respectively written by Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Corona) and Congressman David Valadao [...]

Delta Tunnels Construction JPA Greenlights Professional Services Agreement with the Hallmark Group; Finance JPA Set to Pursue EPA WIFIA Loans

For immediate release: 7/19/2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected]leskipr.com Delta Tunnels Construction JPA Greenlights Professional Services Agreement with the Hallmark Group; Finance JPA Set to Pursue EPA WIFIA Loans Today, the Construction Joint Powers Authority for the Delta tunnels, or Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority, met in Sacramento and authorized their interim Executive Director, Jill Duerig—former General Manager of Zone 7 Water District—to implement a professional services agreement with the Hallmark Group to “provide transition services.” In the fall of 2017, The Hallmark Group and the Department of Water Resources came under fire after the results of a state audit completed by Elaine Howle revealed that, “DWR did not follow state law [...]

House Approves Interior Spending Bill, Sending Calvert, Valadao, and Denham Riders that Would Thwart Due Process for the Delta to the Senate

For immediate release: July 19, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] House Approves Interior Spending Bill, Sending Calvert, Valadao, and Denham Riders that Would Thwart Due Process for the Delta to the Senate WASHINGTON D.C. – This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 6147), sending three federal riders that would circumvent water rights laws and legal protections for the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary to the Senate. The first rider written by Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Corona) seeks to exempt the Delta tunnels, or CA WaterFix, project from further judicial review. Soon after, Congressman David Valadao (R-Hanford) introduced another provision to the Appropriations bill that would [...]

Environmental Coalition Will Hold Press Conference Outside Jeff Denham’s Modesto Office this Friday

Advisory: July 20, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Environmental Coalition Will Hold Press Conference Outside Jeff Denham’s Modesto Office this Friday WHO: Restore the Delta, Friends of the River, Sierra Club, and social, economic and environmental activists from District 10 WHAT: Press Conference WHERE: Outside of Representative Jeff Denham’s Modesto Office, 4701 Sisk Rd. Suite 202, Modesto, CA 95356 WHEN: Friday, July 20, 2018 at 9 AM This Friday, Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) will be hosting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in his district to “discuss the administration’s potential role in improving water infrastructure and protecting Valley water rights.” Over the last two months, three riders have been introduced to the Interior, Environment, [...]

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