Last Friday, Governor Brown cut a deal with the Trump Administration to save his delta tunnels. Brown endorsed a 7-year extension of the controversial Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act). These provisions were proposed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in a deal designed to increase water deliveries to agribusiness. By endorsing the WIIN Act, Brown appears to hope the Trump Administration will provide funding to his costly tunnels project, a move previously withheld by Westlands Water District a year ago.
“Brown just capitulated to Trump and his crony, David Bernhardt,” said John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association. “Heck of a way to end eight years as governor.”
Governor Brown saves his worst environmental legacy for his last days in the Capitol. His endorsement betrays the future of salmon, Delta environmental justice and legacy communities, the state’s water rights system, and Delta cities’ drinking water quality serving over a half million residents and businesses.
We cannot take our eyes off the ball. The time to act is now. Please take just five minutes each day to call your representatives to express your disapproval of the WIIN Act and the California WaterFix project.
“Hello, my name is ____, and I live in ______, CA. I am calling to express my disapproval the WIIN ACT that would weaken protections for endangered species and increase Delta water deliveries to the Central Valley, thereby subverting the objectives of the Bay-Delta Plan. I oppose the deal Senator Feinstein is cutting with Governor Brown and Majority House Leader, McCarthy. She said in 2016 the WIIN ACT was to help with the drought—now it is being used as a tool by the Brown Administration to increase flows permanently in the Delta in exchange for federal support of the Delta tunnels. Thank you.”
Senator Feinstein’s D.C. Office:
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Senator Feinstein can also be reached via email at [email protected]
Senator Harris’s D.C. Office:
Phone (202) 224 – 3553
Senator Harris can also be reached via email at [email protected]