Media Alerts

Delta Stewardship Council Stalls Vote on Delta Plan

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 25, 2017 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   Delta Stewardship Council Stalls Vote on Delta Plan Amendments   Sacramento, CA – Despite public outcry, the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) continues moving forward with amendments to the Delta Plan. The DSC decided, in response to the Delta community's comments, to postpone the vote until June and to instead use the 5/25/17 meeting to further consider revisions to the amendment.   Delta activists and lawyers find the revisions even worse.   On April 28, 2017 more than 200 Delta residents voiced their opposition to the proposed Delta Plan amendments for making dual conveyance (also known as the Delta Tunnels proposal) [...]

From an LA Perspective: Solutions & Costs on Delta Tunnels

A year ago roughly, Roger Patterson from the Metropolitan Water District said that he would invite Dr. Jeff Michael, from the University of the Pacific to make a presentation to the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors on the real costs of the Delta tunnels. The invitation never happened. So we hosted a meeting on the real costs of the tunnels with Dr. Michael as our special guest. Here is a copy of his Powerpoint which explains the real costs of the Delta Tunnels Project. Executive Director of LA WaterKeeper, Bruce Reznik, also gave a terrific presentation on the types of regional projects that should be done in Los Angeles, showing why these projects are cost effective. Click here to [...]

Delta Activists to Debunk Brown’s WaterFix Myths at Boyle Heights City Hall 5/23/17

Media Advisory for Tuesday, May 23   Contact:   Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   Activists to Debunk Brown’s WaterFix Myths at Boyle Heights City Hall 5/23/17   WHO: Restore the Delta, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, Southern California Watershed Alliance, Café Coop, Dr. Jeffrey Michael (Director, Center for Business and Policy Research, University of the Pacific), and MWD ratepayers   WHAT: A panel discussion regarding the cost impacts to LA water users from construction of Governor Brown’s proposed Delta Tunnels; lunch will be provided.   WHERE: Boyle Heights City Hall, 2130 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA, 90033 (Map)   Background   As the Department of Water Resources continues to rally pro-tunnels support from various [...]

State trust in Brown’s legacy falters— What does this mean for CA Water?

ICYMI: May 15, 2017   Contact:Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   State trust in Brown’s legacy falters— What does this mean for CA Water?   The Sacramento Bee has published a series of articles covering the Oroville Dam Crisis. The series probes whether the Department of Water Resources can be trusted to prioritize public health and safety of California residents.   Reporters Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler examined CA’s deep history of irresponsible infrastructure planning—a statewide problem passed down from father (former-governor Pat Brown) to son (current Governor Jerry Brown)—in an article published Sunday. On Monday, the Bee reported on decades of broken promises regarding recreational investments to Butte County which have resurfaced since [...]

Governor Brown Cuts Over $100 Million for Drought Response in Revised State Budget

For Immediate Release: May 12, 2017 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   Governor Brown Cuts Over $100 Million for Drought Response in Revised State Budget   Sacramento, CA —Governor Brown’s May revision of the California Budget released Thursday slashed over $100 million in funds designated for drought response. With the drought officially declared “over” in April, the remaining $63 million intended for the state’s drought package will go to CalFire.   The San Jose Mercury News reported on these changes Thursday noting:   "In January, before heavy winter rains came, the governor proposed increasing the state budget by $179 million to address the five-year drought. Now, having declared it over in April, he [...]

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