Media Alerts

Congressional Efforts To Thwart Bay-Delta Water Quality Plan As Disingenuous As Proclaiming Tunnels Will Save The Delta

For immediate release: October 15, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-475-9550, [email protected] Tim Stroshane, Restore the Delta, 510-847-7556, [email protected] STOCKTON, CA – Last week, Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10) hosted a visit by Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler to discuss using the Clean Water Act as a tool to thwart the Bay-Delta Water Quality Plan, which calls for increased flows to move down the San Joaquin River and its tributaries into the San Francisco Bay-Delta. According to a report in the Manteca Bulletin, Congressman Denham noted in a press release that the “EPA has the authority under the Clean Water Act to stop the plan because it ‘fails to meet the Clean Water Act’s ‘sound, rigorous’ [...]

To Recuse Or Not To Recuse, That is the Question: Delta Stewardship Councilmember Flip-Flops on Recusal from Upcoming Vote

For immediate release: 10/15/18 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-475-9550, [email protected] Tim Stroshane, Restore the Delta, 510-847-7556, [email protected] STOCKTON, CA – Last month, Bethany Pane, Chief Counsel for the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) sent an email to DSC subscribers that three council members recused themselves from the Delta tunnels appeals proceeding, a process related to a vote on the consistency determination, due to potential conflicts of interest. Ms. Pane noted that Council Member Maria Mehranian has worked “for a firm that has submitted a bid to work on a portion of the CA WaterFix project.” On Friday, October 12, 2018, Ms. Pane notified DSC subscribers that Ms. Mehranian was now participating as a voting member in the WaterFix appeal [...]

In Case You Missed It: Dr. Jeff Michael: “New WaterFix Economic Analysis Is Even Worse” Than Originally Though

ICYMI: 9/28/18 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] In Case You Missed It: Dr. Jeff Michael: “New WaterFix Economic Analysis Is Even Worse” Than Originally Thought In his ValleyEcon Blog, Dr. Jeff Michael, Executive Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, explains that that the sea-level rise benefit touted in the recent economic analysis for California WaterFix by the California Department of Water Resources is based on inaccurate assumptions that contradict DWR’s work in other arenas. He writes “I am receiving feedback that the sea-level rise analysis that the Department of Water Resources’ touts as ‘innovative’ assumes WaterFix is operated in ways that harm fish would violate state and federal [...]

Dr. Jeff Michael & Restore the Delta Weigh in on Delta Tunnels Benefit-Cost Analysis

Yesterday, the Department of Water Resources released a benefit-cost analysis on the Delta tunnels project, or CA WaterFix, conducted by Dr. David Sunding of the Brattle Group. In response to this study, Executive Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, Dr. Jeffery Michael published a blog post of his initial reaction to Dr. Sunding’s work. Dr. Michael focuses on four errors within Dr. Sunding’s analysis: 1. “It assumes a massive new subsidy for agricultural users cost share from urban water users. The agricultural subsidy is contained within a “wheeling rate” that it assumes that Metropolitan Water District (MWD) would charge the Central Valley Project (CVP) for using the tunnels’ conveyance capacity. 2. [...]

Delta Stewardship Council Members Recuse Themselves from Tunnels Appeals Proceedings due to Potential Conflicts of Interest

Bethany Pane, Chief Counsel for the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) sent an email on September 19 to DSC subscribers that three council members have recused themselves from the Delta tunnels appeals proceedings due to potential conflicts of interest. Specifically, Ms. Pane noted that council member Susan Tatayon’s spouse “works for a firm that has submitted a bid to work on a portion of the WaterFix project,” while council member Maria Mehranian has worked “for a firm that has submitted a bid to work on a portion of the CA WaterFix project.” Ms. Pane concludes the email explaining that council member Ken Weinberg also recused from the Delta tunnels appeals proceedings due to his “consulting work for local water supply projects [...]

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