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ACTION ALERT: Time to Oppose the Delta Tunnels at the Delta Stewardship Council!

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Time to Oppose the Delta Tunnels at the Delta Stewardship Council!


What:  Public Hearing Regarding Appeals of the Consistency Certification for CA WaterFix: public comment period

When: Oct. 26th starting at 9 am

Where: Ramada Inn, West Sacramento, Conference Center

Pack a lunch; pack a book and some knitting; charge up your cell phone.  And be ready to stand up for the Delta!

But first you have to do some prep work!

The California Department of Water Resources has filed with the Delta Stewardship Council a “consistency determination” for California Water Fix.  This filing is how DWR will get approval from the Delta Stewardship Council that the Delta tunnels project is consistent with the Council’s Delta Plan. This process checks off a box to move forward with construction of the tunnels.  It’s time to tell the DSC, the project needs to be stopped once and or all.

Of course we know that the Delta tunnels do not meet the standard of co-equal goals set by the Delta Reform Act of 2009.  This is how the DSC is supposed to evaluate WaterFix. Here’s a reminder what that legislation says:

 “‘Coequal goals’ means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place.” (CA Water Code §85054)

Please note the DSC, never posts in their materials the part of the Delta Reform Act that calls for reduced reliance on the Delta — something that cannot be achieved by building two 35-mile-long tunnels to divert 9000 cubic feet per second of the Sacramento River. But we can remind them of that criteria.

This is why your public comment is important!  This may be one of the last events in which you can voice to the government your opposition to the Delta tunnels project.

Nine Appeals, including one on behalf of RTD and other coalition partners, of DWR’s consistency determination were  filed with the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC.)

Public comments on why CA WaterFix, the tunnels, does not fit into the DSC’s Delta plan can be made on the morning of October 26th, starting at 9 am.  Comments are to be no longer than 3 minutes.  That’s about 300 prepared words without elaborate introductions or pleasantries.

News flash: Three DSC members have recused themselves from voting on the consistency determination. Two of the three recused because their spouses work for entities tied to CA WaterFix. The recused third for working on water sustainability projects in another part of the state. This leaves four Council members who can vote: Chair Randy Fiorini, Frank Damrell, Mike Gatto, and Skip Thomson. It is important that this smaller version of the Council hears from you!

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  • Carol de Sa Campos
    October 3, 2018, 9:17 pm

    It is time to do what is best for California. Until now, special interests have made deals and quietly planned and positioned themselves to serve themselves, not California. When a southerly Water District purchases islands in Northern California in an attempt to force through the Tunnels Project, it is obviously a desperate attempt to drain the Delta and Northern California water for private gain.
    Please do what’s right and put California first. Californians do not deserve to have water taken out from under them, diverted from Rivers, drained from the Delta through sunken tunnels and sent South for some people to profit at the expense of other people, businesses, even habitats and species of Northern California. One region of California should not have their resources drained for another. Establishing cities in the desert that rely on water being pumped in, planting orchards in the hills where there is insufficient water and expecting others to sacrifice who already have orchards and vineyards and communities in areas where there has been water, is nothing but greed and opportunism.
    Why do they do it? Because they can. It’s no better than a thief taking what does not belong to him. Suggesting that these interests are buying the water is ludicrous. Everyone knows that the funding would have to be supplemented by the rest of us. In other words, Californians will have to pay for private profiteers, you know, those who just got the tax breaks, don’t want to provide health insurance or pay minimum wage. It’s time for this State to stand up to the special interests that will move out once our water is depleted (or contaminated).
    Other States are just learning that their drinking water has been contaminated and there are crises and depleted aquifers being discovered now. Let us learn from others’ mistakes and protect California’s people by preserving our water, soil, habitats and species for generations to come.
    Thank you.

  • Lynda Tatrai
    October 4, 2018, 12:46 pm

    Please protect the largest estuary on the West Coast The Delta from tunneling to Southern CA Removing water by unnatural means would clearly harm the entire interconnected fragile eco-system of the Delta. Please do not participate. I encourage you if you have never seen the Delta in person to drive or boat the Delta to see first hand what I’m talking about! It’s Beautiful but it’s also fragile! Thank you so much for your time. Lynda Tatrai

  • Ernest Tufft
    October 7, 2018, 9:33 pm

    Delta Stewardship Council:

    Although everyone knows CA WaterFix is good for your families and a few export farmers in parched and barren south of San Joaquin Valley, everyone also knows that CA WaterFix is an unsustainable project for the Delta environment and economic burden for citizens of California. Please wake up and vote NO on CA Water Fix NOW and recommend to the contractors and billionaire farmers that they pull out their wallets to consider more affordable means of paying their water supply business than destruction of the San Francisco Bay Estuary. California needs a healthy habitat in the Delta BEFORE it needs farmers tapping the water supply, but even if water supply and habitat are considered co-equal, it’s obvious this CA Water Fix water tunnel bypass scheme isn’t going to work anyway.

  • Melinda Haber
    October 14, 2018, 3:37 pm

    I don’t know one person who supports the horrible Tunnel Project. It is clearly a politically corrupt concept which will serve the monetary interests of a few while devasting the lives of many. If this had been fairly put on the ballot for a vote, it would have been a majority of no votes as has happened with past proposed “water fix” legislation. The very fact that Governor Brown and the few who support this found a way to circumvent the right for Californians to vote on this is an indictment about corruption among politicians and their disdain for their constituents. #notunnels!

  • David Osinga
    October 15, 2018, 7:27 pm

    I’m a CA resident, catagorically against the Tunnel Project, its a short term waste of capital, with unacceptable evironmental consequences, time to pony up the money to start investing in a long term solution, desalination!

Join us in the fight to SAVE the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas!