As the Interior Appropriations Bill marches towards a Congressional vote, House Republicans are now pushing to resurrect the WIIN ACT, which would renew and potentially expand increased pumping in the Delta. When the WIIN ACT was passed in 2016, Senator Feinstein and other Congressional leaders said it was for two years to provide relief during the drought for farming communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Now, San Joaquin Valley House Republicans are pushing for a five-year renewal with even greater increased pumping of water exports from the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. WE NEED YOU TO CONTACT SENATOR FEINSTEiN, SENATOR HARRIS, AND YOUR LOCAL HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE TODAY TO PROTECT THE SF BAY-DELTA ESTUARY! In order to prevent a government shutdown, Congress [...]
FEDERAL ACTION ALERT: Call Your Reps and Demand No Last Minute Riders to Increase Delta Exports, to strip due process rights for litigation against the Delta tunnels, and the State and Federal water projects!
FEDERAL ACTION ALERT: Call Your Reps and Demand Due Process for the Delta & No Increased Delta Exports!
If you’ve been with us since this spring or earlier, you might remember an action alert we issued to stop the Calvert Rider, and then the Valadao Rideras part of the Interior House Appropriations Bill for FY 2019 (H.R. 6147). To refresh your memory, the Calvert Rider would prevent further judicial review of the Delta tunnels project, while the Valadao Rider would prevent judicial review of other California water infrastructure, such as the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project. Then in July, Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) added yet another amendment to the Appropriations bill, seeking to dismantle the State Water Board’s recent recommended updates to the Bay Delta plan as a means to secure more water deliveries to the Central Valley. This matches up with President [...]
Today is Giving Tuesday and there’s a big bad wolf in our neighborhood. No, we aren’t talking about giant nutria invading the Delta—we’re talking about the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Let’s face the facts: Metropolitan presently owns five Delta islands. As the top financial contributor to the tunnels project, Metropolitan has the most decision-making power on how the project is financed, designed, constructed, and operated. In other words, who benefits and who loses as a result of construction and operation of CA WaterFix becomes a narrative controlled by MWD. President Trump’s recent memo that will expedite environmental review processes and loosen regulations for major California water projects creates a shortcut for the tunnels project timeline. MWD’s outsized influence [...]
Monetary Donations for Camp Fire Survivors Fund: • The City of Stockton, along with many Stockton organizations, have come together to help raise money: http://stocktonhelpsparadise.com • Tri Counties Bank Camp Fire Victim’s: https://www.tcbk.com/fire-update • GoFundMe Roundup of Donations Pages: https://www.gofundme.com/cause/californiafires • Caring Choices Chico: http://www.caring-choices.org/ • Northern California Fire Relief Fund: https://nvcf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?setc=1&funit_id=2012 • A Sacramento artist is donating proceeds from this California art print to support Camp Fire Victims: http://shop.timcollomgallery.com/product/california-relief-print/ Temporary Housing • Air BNB: Air BNB is helping connect victims and people willing to open their homes to victims for free. Hosts can take in victims through the Open Homes Program to provide free housing: https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/buttecounty Supply Donations • In Chico: Bidwell Presbyterian Church, 208 W. First St., is a donation drop-off center [...]
This past week was a doozy. While we received great news from the Delta Stewardship Council, Governor Brown is still relentlessly trying to push through his boondoggle legacy project. Speculation of potential backroom deals for the tunnels has popped up in news reporting and cryptic tweets. This is the real legacy that Brown is leaving behind, and we will make sure it is written into history. Before Governor-Elect Newsom takes office, he is already at a crossroads. Will he continue in the shadow of Governor Brown, and carry out Brown’s tunnel vision? Or will he pave a path towards innovating and implementing sustainable water projects in communities across the state? Right now there are 3 steps you can take to help us point Governor Newsom in [...]
For immediate release: 11/9/18 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] SACRAMENTO, CA – Last night, Delta Stewardship Council staff released a draft determination for the CA WaterFix project, which found that the WaterFix is not consistent with the objectives of the Delta Plan. In the staff report, DSC staff states, “In light of claims raised by nine appellant groups, Council staff recommends that the Council conclude that substantial evidence does not exist in the record to support the Department’s [the Department of Water Resources; DWR] findings that California WaterFix is consistent with the Delta Plan. Staff further recommends that the Council remand the matter to the Department for reconsideration, pursuant to Water Code section [...]
In Case You Missed It: Secret Negotiations on Bay-Delta Plan Unfolding as Brown Hints at Major Water Announcement in Next 30 Days It’s been a busy week at Restore the Delta. Here’s what you need to know: Newsom and Brown wade into California water wars to delay plan to help fish – Ryan Sabalow for The Sacramento Bee “Gov. Jerry Brown and incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom have waded in one of California’s fiercest water wars, prompting state regulators to delay a key vote on a proposal meant to help struggling salmon and steelhead trout. “In a letter Tuesday to the California State Water Resources Board, Brown and Newsom urged it to postpone consideration of proposed regulations to give the various [...]
California WaterFix was not selected by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for a water infrastructure WIFIA loan for 2019. WIFIA loans are generally used for public-private-partnerships, and are guaranteed by U.S. taxpayers. Restore the Delta was the first entity to track this process and has worked on uncovering and tracking WIFIA loan activities since 2016, with an added effort since this summer with the launch of the Design Construction Finance Authority for the tunnels project. We have not, however, done this work alone. We need to thank U.S. Congressional Representatives John Garamendi, Mike Thompson, Jerry McNerney, Jared Huffman, Doris Matsui, and Eric Swalwell for their letters to and advocacy with USEPA. We also need to thank the California State [...]
In Case You Missed It: State Water Board Member Shares Pro-Tunnels Bias in Water Deeply Story Today, Water Deeply published a story titled, “Massive California Water Tunnel Project Forges Ahead on Several Fronts.” One of those fronts forging ahead is led by a subgroup of the State Water Resources Control Board, responsible for the evidentiary hearing for the permit process for CA WaterFix. While not a member of the hearing team, Steve Moore, a board member for the SWRCB, has made pro-tunnels comments in the story despite the State Board’s ongoing—and more importantly unfinished—change petition hearing for the Delta tunnels project. In the story, Moore is quoted saying: “‘Going back to the 1960s, the Department of Fish and Game advised [...]
Restore the Delta Demands DSC Upholds Delta Plan; Asserts Tunnels Project Does Not Reduce Delta Reliance
For immediate release: October 24, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Restore the Delta Demands DSC Upholds Delta Plan; Asserts Tunnels Project Does Not Reduce Delta Reliance SACRAMENTO, CA – Today at the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) hearing for the Delta tunnels project (or CA WaterFix), environmental and public trust nonprofit Restore the Delta presented a diverse range of research and policy that affirms the tunnels project is not consistent with the objectives or legal mandates of the Delta Reform Act or the Delta Plan. The Delta Reform Act mandates that the state must reduce reliance on the Delta for California’s future water needs. However, the tunnels’ Environmental Impact Report/Statement in addition to [...]