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Independent Science Review Panel Finds Problems with Delta Tunnels Biological Opinion

(Science Geek Edition)   An analysis by an Independent Review Panel has been made public by the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC).   The panel was convened by the DSC Science Program to provide the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife with an independent analysis of the scientific information used in the California WaterFix (CWF) Incidental Take Permit application.   “This report suggests that the biological opinion has flaws and that the Delta Tunnels will be terrible for Delta fish - those that live here year round as well as those just passing through on their way to and from the Pacific Ocean,” said Tim Stroshane, Policy Analyst for Restore [...]

Delta and Environmental Justice Coalition: Delta Plan Amendments Miss the Boat

Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Randy Reck, 916-432-3529, [email protected] Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected]   Delta and Environmental Justice Coalition: Delta Plan Amendments Miss the Boat   Sacramento, CA – On April 18, Restore the Delta and The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water sent a joint letter in opposition to the Delta Stewardship Council’s proposed amendments for surface storage, conveyance, and performance measures to the Delta Plan.   The amendments lack a true needs assessment for CA WaterFix, a water supply analysis, a cost-benefits analysis, and failure to consider environmental justice, anti-discrimination, and human right to water issues in their planning and scientific documents within the Delta Plan.   EJCW Staff Attorney Randy Reck said, “The proposed Delta Plan amendments are [...]

Gov. Brown to Meet with Trump Official Thursday: Oroville Dam Records Blocked

For Immediate Release: 4/12/17 Contact: Brian Smith, 415-320-9384, [email protected]   Governor Brown to Meet with Trump Official Thursday: Public review of Oroville Dam records blocked by state   Sacramento, CA – While California Governor Jerry Brown prepares to meet with the top land manager of the Trump Administration to discuss a number of issues (perhaps including the Delta tunnels proposal), the Sacramento Bee is being denied access to State of California public records surrounding the Oroville Dam crisis.   Delta farmers, fishermen, and residents ask: What is the actual financial situation at the State Water Project, and why is this information being hidden from California taxpayers?   On the denial of public records, The Bee reports:   “Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is using federal security regulations [...]

Trump Administration: WaterFix Economics Flop, Again

ICYMI 4/10/17   Valley Economy: WaterFix Economics Flop, Again   On Friday, on his blog “Valley Economy” Dr. Jeffrey Michael, Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, took a look at two recent lists of infrastructure projects being considered by the Trump administration.   In both cases, the California WaterFix (Delta Tunnels) proposal “falls short of the state and Governor's claims about its economic performance.”   The first report was conducted for the U.S. Treasury Department and identifies 40 priority transportation and water infrastructure proposals in the U.S.   Dr. Michael says:   “…it is increasingly clear that I am not the only analyst to conclude that the WaterFix has a lousy [...]

How will we fund California’s Water Future?

ICYMI 4/6/17   How will we fund California’s Water Future?   Two pieces in the Sacramento Bee today dive into the struggle to pay for California’s water infrastructure.   Public needs answers on repairing Oroville dam, Delta levees and California Aqueduct - (Sacramento Bee - April 5, 2017)   Jonas Minton, former deputy director of the Department of Water Resources and water policy adviser at the Planning and Conservation League explains that besides the $500 million to $1 billion needed for Oroville repairs, $2 - 3 billion is needed for levee repairs in the Delta. Repairs are also needed at the Clifton Court Forebay where the existing Delta pumps operate. Besides those expenses, additional funding is needed to repair subsidence [...]

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