Media Advisory for Tuesday, May 23
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)
As the Department of Water Resources continues to rally pro-tunnels support from various Southern California water agencies, Restore the Delta, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, the Southern California Watershed Alliance, and Cafe Coop will host a panel at Boyle Heights City Hall to discuss the real cost impacts of the proposed Delta tunnels (CA Waterfix) to LA water users.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) has vast political power over local water districts and state agencies and has made numerous investments recently to secure landownership in the Delta for the execution of the proposed Delta Tunnels (CA WaterFix).
– Last summer, MWD purchased five islands in the San Francisco Bay-Delta for $175 million. These islands all run along the path of the proposed Delta Tunnels.
– Last month, MWD unanimously voted to invest $1.5 million in the phase 1 of planning for Sites Reservoir—a storage project that relies on the approval of CA WaterFix to optimize water yield for Southern CA
– Just a few weeks ago, MWD admitted that the adoption of the Delta Stewardship Council’s proposed amendments to the Delta Plan are an essential step for MWD to finance the Delta tunnels.
All these investments pale in comparison to the conservative estimate of Governor Brown’s proposed CA Waterfix—a project that touts a $17 billion price tag, yet still lacks a detailed cost-benefit analysis.