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Delta Tunnels Testimonies Contradict District Officials’ Public Comments (Backgrounder)

For Immediate Release: July 5, 2017 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   SWB Delta Tunnels Testimonies Contradict District Officials' Public Comments (Backgrounder)   Stockton, CA -- June 21, 2017, Kern County Water Agency President Ted Page stated at the Buena Vista Water Storage District meeting that Kern County Water Agency anticipated receiving 1 million additional acre feet of water on average annually with the Delta tunnels project.   At the Bay-Delta Committee meeting for Metropolitan Water District in May, Metropolitan staff informed board members that their member water districts will be paying for their share of Delta tunnels funding through water sales to consumers.   These public statements stand in contradiction to direct [...]

NEWS: Delta Tunnels lawsuits filed & more!

We are pursuing the Delta Stewardship Council lawsuit, and we will be involved in other litigation, as there will be many, many lawsuits.   We are grateful to NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), Golden Gate Salmon Association, Defenders of Wildlife & The Bay Institute for their leadership with this lawsuit. It's a team effort, and these are some of our best partners. With gratitude.   Environmentalists, fishing groups file lawsuits to block Delta tunnels plan San Jose Mercury News, 6/29/2017 (Also reported in Sacramento Bee, Fresno Bee, Stockton Record, Oroville Mercury Register)   In case you missed it, more great stories on the Delta Tunnels:     Editorial: Stop the $17 billion Delta twin-tunnel water grab  San Jose Mercury News Editorial [...]

NEWS: National, State & Local Coverage on Fed Biological Opinion

In case you missed it:  Restore the Delta has been swamped with calls from the media. We are working hard every day to make sure that our voices are represented in all stories about the Delta Tunnels. Below you will find MANY stories with several quotes from Restore the Delta's executive director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla and our advocates from yesterday's public meeting in Stockton. Help us continue our impactful work. Make a mid-year donation to keep us strong through 2017.    The Trump Administration Just Greenlit a Project That Will Devastate California’s Most Fragile Ecosystems - Mother Jones (One of our national outlets, we also did an interview with national Fox News radio)    VIDEO: What Delta tunnel project approval means to opposition - KCRA (Interview with our [...]

Biological Opinion for Delta Tunnels a Milestone? “Not so fast,” say Delta protection advocates

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2017 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   Biological Opinion for Delta Tunnels a Milestone? “Not so fast,” say Delta protection advocates   Stockton, CA--Yesterday, Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District issued a statement celebrating the federal biological opinions for CA WaterFix as "an important milestone" that brings the project one step closer to completion.   Not so fast say Delta water, community, and fishery advocates.   “The federal government has only released a biological opinion on the construction of the tunnels—the public will have to wait for future biological opinions on the intakes and operations of the project,” explains Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the [...]

Federal Biological Opinion Ignores Best Available Science

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2017 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Delta Tunnels Opponents: Fed Biological Opinion Ignores Best Available Science   Stockton, CA - Today’s decision by the Trump Administration attempts to green light the controversial Delta Tunnels project.   The decision was quickly denounced by San Francisco Bay-Delta activists who say the “best available science” about endangered species who depend on a healthy Bay-Delta was not fully considered, and may have been politically manipulated.   The biological opinion approves an “Incidental Take Permit” that would give the project a permission to harm and even kill federally protected species in the building and operation of Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed Delta Tunnels (also [...]

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