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Restore the Delta Responds to Secretary Laird’s Letter of Opposition Against Calvert and Valadao Riders

For immediate release: July 18, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Restore the Delta Responds to Secretary Laird’s Letter of Opposition Against Calvert and Valadao Riders   Yesterday, the California Secretary for Natural Resources, John Laird sent a letter to Congress expressing the Brown Administration’s opposition to federal legislative provisions that would undo judicial review of the Delta tunnels project in addition to other California water infrastructure such as the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project. In his letter, Laird explains that, “Particularly concerning are efforts to preclude judicial review for the California WaterFix and other water operations, and to prohibit the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from fulfilling its obligations to [...]

ACTION ALERT: SPEAK UP AT DELTA TUNNELS JPA MEETING THIS THURSDAY; HELP NRDC PROTECT CA WATERWAYS

This Thursday, July 19, the Construction Joint Powers Authority for the Delta tunnels project is meeting in Sacramento to discuss the possibility of authorizing its Executive Director to implement a professional services agreement with the Hallmark Group—a construction company that faced public scrutiny last fall when a state audit revealed Hallmark was unqualified to successfully execute a project like the twin tunnels. JPA MEETING DETAILS WHAT: Construction Joint Powers Authority (JPA) meeting WHERE: Sacramento Public Library, Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95184 WHEN: Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:00 p.m. To let the JPA board know we are listening, we need as many Delta advocates to attend Thursday’s meeting and deliver public comments. It is important to remind [...]

Restore the Delta Responds to SWRCB Delta Water Quality Plan Update

For immediate release: July 13, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   Restore the Delta Responds to SWRCB Delta Water Quality Plan Update   STOCKTON, CA – Restore the Delta thanks the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) for stating that the lower San Joaquin River (Merced River to the Delta) inflow should contribute to Delta outflow to the San Francisco Bay in their recent water quality plan update for the Delta. Restore the Delta supports increased flows through the Delta. However, Phase I of the Water Quality Plan Update for the Delta (San Joaquin River and Tributary Flow Objectives) does not: • Identify and examine water quality issues as they relate to the Delta’s environmental justice community, despite our [...]

LA Water & Delta Advocates Lambast MWD at CA WaterFix Revote; Directors Express Disappointment and Distrust in WaterFix Process

Yesterday, environmental and public interest groups including Restore the Delta, Food and Water Watch California, Sierra Club Los Angeles Chapter, SEIU 721, S.E.E., the Center for Food and Safety, Los Angeles area pastors, and dozens of local Los Angeles County residents delivered another punch of opposing public comments to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) board of directors during their revote on the CA WaterFix project. After approving 65 percent of total costs for the Delta tunnels at their April 10, 20189 vote, the board rescheduled their vote on the tunnels in May 2018 in response to a Public Records Act (PRA) request made by Food and Water Watch California and First Amendment Coalition that discovered certain MWD [...]

Restore the Delta PRA Request Shows Kern County Water Agency and MWD Worked Together on Valadao Rider.

For immediate release: July 9, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Restore the Delta PRA Request Shows Kern County Water Authority and MWD Worked Together on Valadao Rider. Restore the Delta’s recent PRA request documents from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) reveal that Kern County Water Agency (KCWA) and MWD consulted Ken Calvert’s Legislative Aide, Ian Foley, on the language of the Valadao Rider—a supplemental provision to the House Appropriations spending bill that would exempt the Central Valley Project and State Water Project from judicial review. The Valadao rider was added to the Appropriations bill after the Calvert rider was approved by the Interior subcommittee. These findings supplement Restore the [...]

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