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Delta Tunnels news: Zone 7 Votes to Table a Resolution in Support of Tunnels

Dear friends,
If you take a look at our press release below, you will see that citizen action matters (thank you to all the members who came out to speak at Zone 7's meeting last night and sent the emails to Zone 7 board members)! 

This is why it is important for you to sign or share our current petition asking Metropolitan Water District (Met) to reconsider their decision to buy the Delta Tunnels. We need to stop the Delta Tunnels on several fronts and Met's purchase of the islands is a path for tunnels construction.  All it takes is two minutes of your time, sign today
For Immediate Release: March 17, 2016
Joan Buchanan, President, Restore the Delta, 925-980-6662
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]
Jonas Minton, Water Policy Advisor, Planning and Conservation League, 916-822-5634, [email protected]

State Water Contractor Says Not So Fast on Delta Tunnels

Livermore, CA – At an unusually packed Board of Directors hearing last night, Alameda County Water District Zone 7, a State Water Project contractor, rejected a request to vote in support of Governor Brown's Delta Tunnels (WaterFix) project. Board members noted the lack of key information including environmental impacts, costs, and willingness of agricultural contractors to pay their share. 
Joan Buchanan, President of Restore the Delta said, “I appreciate the board’s willingness to listen and delay its decision until all the impacts and costs are known.  It was the prudent and responsible action for the residents and ratepayers they represent.”
Speaker after speaker in the packed Board room expressed concerns about the irreparable environmental damage additional freshwater diversions from the Delta would cause and the need to rush to support the Delta Tunnels (WaterFix) prior to the release of the Environmental Impact Report and the cost impact on local water users. Many also questioned why Zone 7 should state its support when no other federal or state water contractor has gone on record.
Local taxpayers groups were also there in support of the letter from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association delivered that day. The Association's letter outlined in precise detail the legal reasons that the Board could not pledge property taxes to help pay for the tunnels without a vote of the electorate. 
Jonas Minton from the Planning and Conservation League reminded the Board members of their fiduciary duty to their ratepayers and bond holders to conduct full due diligence before acting.
After three hours of hearing, the Board voted overwhelmingly to await the final Environmental Impact Report, Record of Decision, and complete financial analysis before considering its position.  Those documents are not scheduled to be available before next winter.
In a note praising Delta activists, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta said, “It was because of you that the Zone 7 Board of Directors voted to table a resolution of support for the Delta tunnels until the EIR, Record of Decision and Financial Data are complete!”

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  • Lynda Hilton
    March 17, 2016, 10:08 pm

    Stop the tunnels!

  • Jen Dohner
    March 18, 2016, 2:30 am

    I grew up on the delta. Don’t ruin it with tunnels.

  • Pam Fitzgerald
    March 18, 2016, 3:01 am

    Stop this purchase! No tunnels! Do not cause the environment here at the Delta to be compromised!

  • moises cordero
    March 18, 2016, 3:23 am

    Save the Delta

  • Roxanne Moger
    March 18, 2016, 4:04 am

    The tunnels are will not achieve the goal of adding water to the overall state system and do irreparable harm to the delta and delta communities. It’s a bad investment for this generation and the next and the next.

  • kathleen warren
    March 18, 2016, 4:13 am

    No water for fracking..
    Southern California stay home and figure it out from there. If you didn’t waste your water with fracking then you wouldn’t need ours !!!

  • Janice Gloe
    March 18, 2016, 4:19 am

    Please protect the Delta. No tunnels! Please!

  • Michael Harris
    March 18, 2016, 2:36 pm

    It is an absurd solution to a critical problem, and it is absurd that it wasn’t quashed at its first suggestion.

  • Jeffrey Torchia DC
    March 18, 2016, 2:54 pm

    I live in the Delta,have spent my recreation time with my family here. I lived through 3 Major Droughts and this bunch of beauocrats have Not made any new storage reservoirs since ! Ridiculous as we have enough water even in low rain years if more was captured instead of flowing to the sea. This is a boondoggle, and a page right out of the movie Chinatown! Stop the tunnels and recall Jerry Brown who I feel is in someone’s pocket !

  • Gerald Gates
    March 18, 2016, 3:38 pm

    It is very refreshing to see things done in the proper order. At least in this case, the cart is not in front of the horse. Thank you, Zone 7, for withholding judgement until all the facts are released. Much like the bullet train, people don’t like things being shoved down their throats.

  • Mark
    March 18, 2016, 3:43 pm

    Thank GOD there’s still some folks with common sense! Let’s see the Environmental Impact Statement!