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Gov. Brown seeks Flood Control Money, Restore the Delta Reax

For Immediate Release: 2/24/17 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, barbara@restorethedelta.org   Gov. Brown seeks Flood Control Money, Restore the Delta Reax Stockton - RE: Jerry Brown wants to spend nearly $450 million on flood control following dam emergency   Restore the Delta, executive director, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla responded:   “We agree with Governor Brown about the need to spend for flood control improvements. $450 million in expenditures is a start. What remains to be seen is if he will promote smart expenditures that will augment water supply, while protecting the environment and environmental justice communities. Or will Governor Brown continue promoting big new infrastructure projects like the Delta Tunnels that will not solve flood problems or drought challenges, and that only serve [...]

KCET: Who Should Pay To Fix The Oroville Dam?

We're featured in KCET Commentary: Who Should Pay To Fix The Oroville Dam? By Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore The Delta | February 22, 2017 Excerpt: "The answer is the State Water Contractors, the beneficiaries of the project. That’s according to the Department of Water Resources. Water supply benefits are paid for by water contractors, and spillways are part of water supply protection. The State Water Contractors include the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and big agricultural water districts like the Kern County Water Agency. Agricultural users like Stewart Resnick, owner of Paramount Farms and the Wonderful Company, consume 80 percent of the developed water in California, so they need to get out their checkbooks [...]

Metropolitan Water District May Lease Delta Islands

For Immediate Release: 2/15/17 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, barbara@restorethedelta.org   Metropolitan Water District May Lease Delta Islands GM Kightlinger says Oroville Dam repair is CA Taxpayer responsibility   Stockton, CA - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s outsized influence on California water management has become very clear this week. Metropolitan Water District's General Manager Jeff Kightlinger held closed door committee meetings on Tuesday to discuss leasing some of MWD’s recently purchased Delta islands back to the original owners, Semitropic Water Agency. We assume this is in order to make their $175 million Delta island investment more profitable. The San Diego County Water Authority this week expressed “serious concern” that this closed door session would violate the open meeting requirements of [...]

Restore the Delta on Oroville Dam Emergency

For Immediate Release: 2/13/17 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, barbara@restorethedelta.org   Restore the Delta on Oroville Dam Emergency   On the Current Situation We are hopeful that the Department of Water Resources (DWR) can continue to keep the situation at Oroville under control.   We are grateful for all the courageous and hardworking people working day and night to keep the region safe – from DWR employees to public safety officials.   The evacuations seem to have been successfully executed.   List of evacuation centers   List of shelters   On Oroville Dam Oroville is the primary reservoir for the State Water Project. One-third of Southern California's water is State Water Project water. Oroville Dam also is the source for a [...]

Brown Administration Seeks Federal Loans to Pay For Delta Tunnels

For Immediate Release: 2/9/17 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, barbara@restorethedelta.org   Brown Administration Seeks Federal Loans to Pay For Delta Tunnels Stockton, CA – On February 7, 2017, Governor Brown’s Office sent a letter to the National Governor’s Association detailing a list of infrastructure projects totaling $100 billion for the State of California. Included, in the list of targeted projects is a request for low interest loans from the Federal Government to help water contractors pay for CA WaterFix.   Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta responded to the letter:   “This request for low-interest loans from the Federal Government to help water contractors pay for the Delta tunnels tells us two things. First, the Brown [...]

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