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Congressman Calvert Attempts to Chip Away at Delta Environmental Protections for “Fish-Friendly” CA WaterFix; Gov. Brown’s Silence on Efforts is Deafening

For immediate release: May 17, 2018 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   Congressman Calvert Attempts to Chip Away at Delta Environmental Protections for “Fish-Friendly” CA WaterFix; Gov. Brown’s Silence on Efforts is Deafening This week, Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Corona) has received criticism for slipping a rider into the Interior spending bill for fiscal year 2019 that would exempt CA WaterFix from any judicial review, but his efforts to undo environmental protections in the Delta are not far off from his political track record. Last fall, Congressman Calvert introduced H.R. 3916, known as the FISH Act, which would gut endangered fish protections in the Delta that curtail excess pumping during dryer, low-flow months. Today, the bill gotsupport from Central Valley Congressman Jim [...]

Author of Delta Tunnels Litigation Rider Funded by Construction & Engineering Corporations and Bottled Water

For immediate release May 16, 2018 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Author of Delta Tunnels Litigation Rider Funded by Construction & Engineering Corporations and Bottled Water STOCKTON – Today, Restore the Delta noted that the author of a rider seeking to ban all litigation against the Delta Tunnels, Congressman Ken Calvert, R-Corona, has received a number of campaign contributions from various construction and engineering corporations, including the Parsons Corporation, the bottled water industry, Southern California developer interests, and general members of the Southern California Water Committee. Congressman Calvert’s rider was added to the draft Interior Department spending bill for fiscal year 2019, and would exempt CA WaterFix from judicial review, bypassing state and [...]

BREAKING: Santa Clara Valley Water District Pivots from October Declaration to Support Twin Tunnels

For immediate release: 5/8/18 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] BREAKING: Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Split-Vote to Support Twin Tunnels Pivots from October Declaration SAN JOSE –  This afternoon, the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) board of directors voted to support the Twin Tunnels megaproject. The board did not commit to a specific cost share today, but plans to revisit the proposed $650 million financial commitment at a later date. The Board voted 4-3 in support of the tunnels, with board directors Keegan, Kremen, Estremera, and Hsueh in support, while Director Varela, Vice Chair LeZotte, and Chair Santos opposed the project. This afternoon’s decision goes against the board’s October resolution to only [...]

In Case You Missed It: Anti-Tunnels Coalition Sends Letter to Karla Nemeth; San Diego Water Authority Letter Details MWD’s Fiduciary Inconsistencies Pursuing CA WaterFix

ICYMI: 5/7/28 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   In Case You Missed It: Anti-Tunnels Coalition Sends Letter to Karla Nemeth; San Diego Water Authority Letter Details MWD’s Fiduciary Inconsistencies Pursuing CA WaterFix   A coalition of environmental organizations sent a letter today to Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director Karla Nemeth regarding current State Water Contract negotiations related to moving forward with the CA WaterFix proposal.   The coalition’s findings reveal that approvals by various water districts to support CA WaterFix are premature given the current incomplete status of State Water Project negotiations. The environmental organizations signing the letter, consequently, find that DWR’s strong-armed push on Santa Clara Valley Water District to support CA [...]

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 [...]

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