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Restore the Delta Releases New Report “Climate Equity and Seismic Resilience for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary”

For Immediate Release: August 15, 2019Contact:Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta 209-479-2053, [email protected] Stroshane, Policy Analyst, Restore the Delta [email protected] Stockton, CA – With Governor Brown’s Twin Delta Tunnels formally dead, Stockton-based Restore the Delta has released a new forward-looking report: “Climate Equity and Seismic Resilience for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.” The report gives a SF Bay-Delta Estuary perspective to the “Water Resilience Portfolio” process launched by Governor Gavin Newsom this year. The report considers the latest climate and seismic science for the Delta and reveals how Restore the Delta will evaluate state water planning and any new conveyance proposal moving forward.  “After completing a broad survey a current climate change science, we believe that extreme flood events, and extended periods [...]

Delta Water Alert! Algal blooms in Stockton, Discovery Bay, and Big Break

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board sent out the following alert on Twitter Friday evening.  Algal blooms are being observed in the Delta waterways of Stockton, Discovery Bay, and Big Break. These blooms are being monitored for cyanobacteria, of which there has been an increased presence found in water quality tests during the last two weeks at the above mentioned locations.The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and theState Water Resources Control Boardwant to remind boaters and recreational users to be mindful of harmful algal blooms (HABs) when recreating in the Delta, and to report any sightings of cyanobacteria blooms using their online HAB reporting form or by calling the State Water Board’s HAB Hotline at 1-844-729-6466. To be clear,take precaution and don’t make contact with the water [...]

ICYMI 7/12/19 – Trump Dismisses Federal Biologists in CA Water Conflict

Administration Sidelines Federal Biologists Who Could Stand in Way of More Water for Calif. Farmers– KQED“After rushing forward on a plan to send more water to California’s Central Valley, the Trump Administration has unexpectedly hit the brakes and ordered the work already done by federal scientists to be completed by a different team. “Just days before federal biologists were set to release new rules governing the future of endangered salmon and drinking water for two-thirds of Californians, the administration replaced them with an almost entirely new group of lawyers, administrators and biologists to “refine” and “improve” the rules…”Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta responded:“Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt is showing his true colors as a Westlands Water [...]

Delta people: July 24th is your first chance to learn and speak up about a proposed single-tunnel plan!

Delta People,  Here’s your first chance to learn and speak up about a proposed single-tunnel plan.W The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the State Water Project (SWP) Contractors plan to begin a public process to negotiate proposed amendments to the SWP water supply contracts for a new Delta Conveyance facility.  The notice for this meeting can be accessed here. WHO: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the State Water Project (SWP) Contractors WHAT:  The first negotiation session on proposed amendments to the SWP water supply contracts for a new Delta Conveyance facility.  WHEN: July 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 2001 Point W Way, Sacramento, CA 95818Public parking is available onsite for a fee of $10.  Members of the public [...]

ICYMI: Trump’s Pending Rules on California Water Marked by Missing Documents and Hurried Reviews, Say Scientists

Restore the Delta Comment: With or without a tunnel, the Delta will not survive excessive water exports. “The agencies’ final rules, expected this week, will have far-reaching impacts on millions of Californians and the future of the Delta ecosystem. In some years, roughly half of all the water that flows into the Delta — a vast system of sloughs and marshes that extends from south of Sacramento to San Francisco Bay — already is pumped out, reducing water quality and imperiling wildlife.” “Critics worry that if more water is taken, species will go extinct and San Francisco Bay’s water quality will decline. In the past, biological opinions have ended up at the center of lawsuits, which, experts say, may well be [...]

Conservation Coalition Outlines Goals for Gov. Newsom’s “Water Portfolio” Plan

For Release: July 2, 2019 Contact: Jon Rosenfeld, San Francisco Baykeeper, 510-684-4757Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053Kate Poole, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), 415-875-6100 Sacramento – A coalition of 55 conservation, fishing, recreation, water policy, and environmental justice groups from throughout California, representing hundreds of thousands of Californians, sent a letter to state officials today thanking the Governor for his “…leadership in tackling California’s water issues.” The letter expresses support of the Newsom’s Water Portfolio planning process and explains how the groups in the coalition plan to contribute to this new process. Kate Poole, Senior Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said, “The state of California lacked a sensible water strategy for too long. The Newsom Administration’s water [...]

Coalition Request for Single Tunnel Analysis

This week, a coalition of conservation, fishing, and water groups sent a letter to state officials requesting that any planning for a single tunnel Delta water project be accompanied by a robust website that shares all relevant information with the public as the Governor has vowed. AquAlliance, California Water Impact Network, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, Environmental Water Caucus, Friends of the River, Planning and Conservation League, Restore the Delta, and Sierra Club California all joined in this request.ExcerptWe make the following “process request” to aid your efforts. Requiring the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to create a single Delta tunnel project web site and post all comments and correspondence (whether paper [...]

Summertime Action Alert: We Need Your Help!

Well the heat is on and everyone seems ready for a wet and wonderful summer. We hope you enjoy all the recreational activities the Delta has to offer! So you don’t lose your edge during the dog days, we have a few simple summer vacation homework assignments for you. Photos! If you are out in the Delta this summer, boating, fishing, or just enjoying the view, be on the lookout for algal blooms in the water. Restore the Delta needs your photos of Delta algal blooms. We are collecting photos for a project that will help bring attention to this issue and generate action to fix the problem. Please send your photos along with a date and location to [email protected]  [...]

Delta Flows: Learning from the Bullet Train Mess

Happy Hot Monday! We hope everyone is staying hydrated and cool during our first heat wave of the season.As we scanned the news today this story jumped out as something for Delta activists to think about.This LA Times story is truly a heartbreaking cautionary tale about the impacts of large infrastructure projects on farming communities. High-speed rail route took land from farmers. The money they’re owed hasn’t arrived – LA Times 6/10/19 “One problem was the agency’s decision to issue construction contracts with only 15% of the rail design completed, a so-called design-build approach. With only preliminary designs of highway bridges, rail structures and utility relocations, it was difficult to know how much land would be needed and the degree to which [...]

Do CA DWR “Hearings” Actually Listen?

by Tim Stroshane, Policy Analyst, Restore the Delta The concrete-walled room was intimate and windowless, with chairs arranged into several rows facing toward a screen onto which a slide projector beamed DWR’s PowerPoint presentation. Placed in each corner was an easel with large displays for different facets of the State Water Project system. Each easel had a DWR staff person standing with it. To the side was a table where a court reporter sat with a laptop into which she would pour words stated at the event. There would be no questions or statements made in front of the assembled public this agency nominally serves.A “public meeting” held by DWR on May 13, 2019 once more illustrates that DWR officials [...]