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BREAKING: Santa Clara Valley Water Districts Postpones Vote on Delta Tunnels

For immediate release: 5/2/17 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] BREAKING: Santa Clara Valley Water Districts Postpones Vote on Delta Tunnels SAN JOSE – Tonight, the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) delayed their board action on the controversial CA WaterFix project to accommodate board directors requests for more time to review the large volume of Delta Tunnels meeting materials presented by SCVWD staff this week. Board directors who requested more time included Chair Santos, Director LeZotte, Director Hsueh, and Director Varela.The board is scheduled to resume their discussion on May 8, despite Chair Santos’s request to delay the vote to July when SCVWD would receive confirmation of funding for Pacheco Dam. The board requested that staff add a water affordability analysis [...]

San Diego Water Authority Confirms MWD’s Projected Ratepayer Costs of Twin Tunnels Are Significantly Underestimated

For immediate release: 4/26/18 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   San Diego Water Authority Confirms MWD’s Projected Ratepayer Costs of Twin Tunnels Are Significantly Underestimated     Yesterday, General Manager of San Diego Water Authority (SDWA), Maureen A. Stapleton sent a strongly worded response letter to Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager of Metropolitan Water District (MWD), critiquing MWD’s projected ratepayer costs of the Delta twin tunnels project.   In her letter, Ms. Stapleton highlights that MWD has relied on false assumptions and incorrect baselines that no longer accurately reflect Metropolitan’s current $10.8 billion stake in the tunnels project. In other words, SDWA does not believe that ratepayers will pay less than $5 per month [...]

BAY AREA: Stand Up Against the Tunnels at Santa Clara Valley Water District May 2nd

BAY AREA ACTION ALERT: Stand Up Against the Tunnels at Santa Clara Valley Water District May 2nd WHO: Delta advocates, representatives from environmental and public interest groups including Restore the Delta, and Santa Clara Valley Water District board of directors WHAT: Special Board Meeting on California WaterFix WHERE: Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118 WHEN: Wednesday, May 2nd at 5PM With Metropolitan Water District’s big vote to cut a “blank check” for the twin tunnels behind us, the attention now shifts to Santa Clara Valley Water District who have remained tight-lipped about the tunnels project in the months following their October vote to reject the twin tunnels. On Friday, April 27 the Mercury News reported [...]

Restore the Delta Points to Misapplication of “Best Available Science” in Recent Letter to Delta Stewardship Council

Yesterday, Restore the Delta submitted a comment letter to the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) criticizing three synthesis papers seeking to support eventual amendments to a Delta Plan chapter addressing ecosystem restoration. Specifically, the letter identifies gaps in the DSC’s attempt to apply “best available science” to ecological stressors in the Delta, climate change affecting the Delta, and ecosystem and habitat restoration efforts in the Delta. The DSC has indicated that this amendment process will conclude sometime in 2019. Author of the letter and Restore the Delta’s policy analyst, Tim Stroshane writes, “We find the synthesis papers less than synthetic. We identified gaps in their papers concerning interactions between contaminants like selenium and mercury and invasive and other species, the growing [...]

Join us for the Delta Smelt Strong Fundraiser!

Join us for a festive evening of local wine, an appetizer buffet, and Delta Smelt swag as we recognize 2017 Delta Advocate Award Honoree, Tim Stroshane. $60 per person | $110 per couple Individual tickets: https://www.paypal.me/restorethedelta/60 Couple tickets: https://www.paypal.me/restorethedelta/110 Sponsorship Opportunities Available Casual Dress Requested The Point Waterfront Restaurant 120 Marina Drive, Rio Vista, CA 94571 May 30, 2018 | 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Join us in the fight to SAVE the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas!