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Restore the Delta Joins NRDC Motion to Stay WaterFix Hearing in Response to CA Department of Fish & Game’s Changes to Project Proposal

STOCKTON – Yesterday, Restore the Delta, represented by Earthjustice, joined a motion to stay for part two of the CA WaterFix hearing before the State Water Resources Control Board, initially filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Defenders of Wildlife, and The Bay Institute.   The motion to stay explains that continuing with the CA WaterFix hearing is not in the public interest due to significant changes in the project and should be postponed indefinitely. Tunnel(s) opponents anticipate a ruling on the motion from the State Water Board, and an official statement from CA WaterFix staff announcing a new project proposal that features one tunnel with two new intakes instead of two tunnels with three intakes, or a phased-in project. [...]

“Jerry Brown’s two big public-works projects are foundering”

Political columnist Dan Walters gets a lot right in his recent CALMatters Commentary piece on Jerry Brown’s failing high speed rail system and Delta tunnels proposal. But he loses us when he discusses the need for a new conveyance project that sends Delta water south, writing,   “Conversely, the need for some sort of water conveyance around or under the Delta has been evident for decades. Pulling water out of the estuary has created no end of environmental problems, leading to court-ordered reductions in diversions that have sometimes left water users short of what they needed.   “Brown took one stab at solving the dilemma during his first stint as governor—a ‘peripheral canal’ to bypass the Delta—and won legislative approval, [...]

California Water News, Editorial & Blogging Highlights

In case you missed it! Editorial: Don’t give Southern California control of Delta water – San Jose Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards “The Associated Press reports that the governor is considering removing control of design, construction and operation of any Delta project from the state Department of Water Resources and giving it to the water agencies that pay for it. This means any Delta water conveyance project would be largely driven by Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District.”   Earthquake Resilience of Southern California’s Water Distribution Systems -Maven’s Notebook “When we look at all these different aqueducts, I would argue that the most vulnerable is the California Water Project for the reasons I’ve explained; I should put in context that the [...]

Governor Brown Forgoes Details on the Status of the Delta Tunnels Project in Final State of the State Address

SACRAMENTO - This morning, Governor Jerry Brown briefly discussed the Delta tunnels project (CA WaterFix) during his final State of the State address, defending his persistence on the project, but dodging the burning question on the minds of the press, environmental groups, Northern California tribes, commercial and recreational fishermen, and environmental justice communities: will the tunnels scale down to a smaller one tunnel project, or stay the course of two tunnels that are built in phases?   Tunnels opponents are convinced that neither solution will save CA WaterFix from failure, and will deal a devastating blow to the health of the ailing San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary.   In his State of the State address, Governor Jerry Brown focused on fighting [...]

Delta & River Advocates Stand Up for Salmon & Delta Smelt with Capitol Rally and Comments to Bureau of Reclamation

SACRAMENTO – Today, Delta and river advocates—including Klamath River Tribal Members, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, commercial & recreational fishing groups, and Restore the Delta—rallied at the State Capitol to voice their opposition against the Trump Administration’s proposal to maximize water deliveries to the Central Valley Project.   The new federal proposal to increase Delta exports could impact flows on the Sacramento, Feather, American-San Joaquin, Trinity, and Klamath Rivers, and comes at a time when salmon returns and Delta Smelt numbers have reached record lows.   Last year the Klamath River suffered the worst fall run salmon return in history, and the Sacramento River only had 230,700 projected fall run salmon returning down from 650,000 only years before. Low salmon runs [...]

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