Media Alerts

Union of Concerned Scientists Tackles California Water’s Climate Change Challenges

In the last week, the Union of Concerned Scientists have published two exceptional blog posts about how to better manage California’s water in the wake of climate change.   Western states senior climate analyst for UCS, Adrienne Alvord reveals the need to improve climate change modeling practices and data literacy among water management officials in her blog post, “Water in an Uncertain Future: Planning the New Normal.” Alvord explains,   “Researchers and scientists at UCS and the Stanford Law and Policy Lab released a report today that says much more needs to be done to ensure adequate groundwater management, and, by extension, overall water management in an era of rapid climate change.   “The report found nearly half of the [...]

Letter: Reject Westlands Drainage Deal (H.R. 1769) Rider on NDAA

This letter is submitted on behalf of Local Agencies of the North Delta and Restore the Delta. We are writing to express our strong opposition to H.R. 1769, the San Luis Drainage Resolution Act, and our alarm that a concerted effort is underway to include it in the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) through a rider. We urge you to reject inclusion of this rider in the NDAA because it is not germane to the Armed Services Committee. (Upon its introduction, the bill was referred to the Natural Resources Committee.)

New weekly radio show: Listen to “Delta Flows”

Today, we launched our weekly radio show "Delta Flows" a project by The Voice of Stockton - KXVS Radio and Restore the Delta. It will be a live show on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m., with replays during the week.   Bookmark this link and save this station (KXVS will soon be on FM 92.1) to listen live.    Delta Flows will be everything Delta: water, farming, food, law, art, fisheries, history, recreation, environment, culture.   Let's celebrate our natural and diverse Delta heritage together. Let's discover what makes our home our home.   Listen to the first 30 minute show here:  Host Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla of Restore the Delta talks with Kathy Grant of Sandhill Crane Festival, Ken Nieland, a crane expert of [...]

One Tunnel Option Presents a Host of New Challenges; Official Discussion Starts Today in Kern County

As reported in recent news articles, the Brown Administration intends to resurrect CA WaterFix as a single tunnel as part of the State Water Project, with discussions beginning at Kern County Water Agency today. (We confirmed an agenda will be posted at Kern County sometime before the meeting at 1 pm today.)   Metropolitan Water District's General Manager Jeff Kightlinger stated at the 9/26/17 Metropolitan Board Workshop on the tunnels that a single tunnel that could extract 6,000 cfs of Sacramento River flow could work and would cost $10-11 billion.   Environmental and water rights attorney with LAND (Local Agencies of the North Delta), Osha Meserve, finds that a single tunnel project while only minimally reducing the construction footprint could [...]

AP Report Reveals Trump Opposes Delta Tunnels; Restore the Delta Responds

BREAKING— This morning, Ellen Knickmeyer of the Associated Press reported that the Trump administration does not support Governor Brown’s Delta Tunnels (CA WaterFix) project.   Knickmeyer reported that the spokesman for the U.S. Interior Department, Russell Newell wrote in an email, “The Trump administration did not fund the project and chose to not move forward with it.” When asked if this meant that the Trump Administration opposed the CA WaterFix project, Newell said yes.   Executive Director of Restore the Delta, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla said:   “The Trump administration’s opposition to CA WaterFix is another nail in the coffin for the project. Water exporters have only pulled together about $6 billion in funding, and even a single 6,000 cfs tunnel would [...]

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