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CA WATER: SF Bay-Delta Activists Welcome Governor Newsom; New agenda could protect largest estuary on the West Coast

For Immediate Release: January 7, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053 CA WATER: SF Bay-Delta Activists Welcome Governor Newsom; New agenda could protect largest estuary on the West Coast Sacramento – As Gavin Newsom is sworn-in as the new Governor of the State of California, water activists from the San Francisco Bay-Delta community are feeling hopeful about a potential change in California water politics. Newsom is bringing a new set of priorities to Sacramento that may not include California WaterFix, also known at the twin “Delta Tunnels,” a controversial,  yet so-far unsuccessful legacy project of Governor Brown. The Twin Tunnels proposal still lacks state permits required to begin construction and that process has now become an uphill battle . Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla [...]

Governor Brown’s “Surrender Dorothy” Effort to Save WaterFix

For Immediate Release: 12/19/18 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053 Tim Stroshane, 510-847-7556 DWR’S No Harm Agreement & Letter Of Dismissal To Water Agencies:  A “Surrender Dorothy” Effort To Save WaterFix By The Brown Administration   Stockton – Documents released to the Planning and Conservation League via a public records act request this week reveal details of the “No Harm Agreement” between the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Federal Bureau of Reclamation (the Bureau) regarding California WaterFix.  In addition, a “Letter of Dismissal,” a document demanding that specific water districts and local government agencies abandon their case-in-chiefs opposing WaterFix before the State Water Resources Control Board  (SWRCB), was also included in the document release, but not previously reported in [...]

Restore the Delta Responds To Brown and Trump Administrations’ Secret Negotiations on California Water

For Immediate Release: 12/15/18 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053 Tim Stroshane, 510-847-7556 Restore the Delta Responds To Brown and Trump Administrations’ Secret Negotiations on California Water On his way out of office, Governor Brown… SACRAMENTO – This morning, The Sacramento Bee broke the news: California cedes water to feds in Delta deal with Trump Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow write: “Southern Californians could lose billions of gallons of water a year to Central Valley farmers under a deal Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has struck with water officials working for President Donald Trump. Click here for the full article.“There’s no guarantee the agreement with Trump will accomplish what Brown’s team is seeking: a lasting compromise on environmental regulations that could stave off significant water [...]

State Water Board Sets 40% Flows Standard for San Joaquin River

Contact:  Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053 Tim Stroshane, 510-847-7556 STATE WATER BOARD SETS 40% FLOWS STANDARD FOR SAN JOAQUIN RIVER Last-minute attempt to delay fails, but voluntary settlements may become part of the solution later on SACRAMENTO – After an all-day hearing today capping a nearly decade-long process, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWB) voted this evening to set a 40% flow standard for rivers that feed the lower San Joaquin River to help protect the San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem from collapse due to decades of over-pumping and restricted flows.  “We are very happy that the State Water Resources Control Board approved Phase I of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Plan update,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, [...]

Major Setback for Gov. Brown’s Delta Tunnels

SACRAMENTO – As reported this afternoon by Maven’s Notebook The Department of Water Resources has sent a letter to the Delta Stewardship Council, formally withdrawing the Department’s certification of consistency for the California Water Fix (Delta Tunnels.) “DWR is hereby withdrawing the Certification of Consistency for California Water Fix that was filed on July 27, 2018.” DWR to DSC Water Fix Consistency Certification 12.7.18 Statement by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director, Restore the Delta: “This is a great day for the Delta Protection Act. We are thrilled about DWR’s withdrawal from the consistency determination process. But the Delta is still in danger. There is this WIIN Act deal between Governor Brown, Senator Feinstein, the GOP Congress, and the Trump Administration. While Feinstein’s staff [...]

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