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News from Restore the Delta: January 19, 2015

“Not every dream grows on every land, so you got to watch out!” — Israelmore Ayivor Articles • What do we want? Water! When do we want it? Now! • California still overachieving at water consumption and underachieving at water conservation • Drought of ideas What do we want? Water! When do we want it? Now! Recently we got an inside peek at a rural Kern County water district’s decision whether to participate in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District was asked by Kern County Water Agency, the State Water Project’s second largest water service contractor, whether the District would participate in the Tunnels project or not. In addition to its role as a state water [...]

Delta Flows: December 16, 2013

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold . . . “  – William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming” Dr. Meral moves on In Sunday’s Sacramento Bee, reporter David Siders announced that Resources Deputy Secretary Dr. Jerry Meral will retire at the end of the month.  Of course, we are speculating about whom Governor Brown will find to replace Dr. Meral.  But what we know for sure is that the Governor will not have any difficulty finding someone else willing to push his Peripheral Tunnels agenda.  After all, we’re talking here about the heady cocktail of California water and political power. It is also worth remembering that Governor Brown is responsible ultimately for pushing the BDCP boondoggle onto Californians, as part [...]

Agency Officials Continue to Exclude Delta Views from Government-led Tours

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053; [email protected]; Twitter: @Restorethedelta Agency Officials Continue to Exclude Delta Views from Government-led Tours; Water Agencies, Tunnel Proponents Misrepresent Delta To Outside Interests in Push To Build The Peripheral Tunnels Stockton, CA — Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today called on the State of California Resources Agency, the Metropolitan Water District, the Department of Water Resources and other public agencies, as well as groups like the Commonwealth Club, Valley Vision, and others sponsoring tours and public forums on the proposed Bay Delta Conservation [...]

Meral, Laird, and Hayes give the appearance of listening

In August of 2009, with the BDCP in full stride, Lester Snow invited Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes to Sacramento for a briefing by people from outside the Delta about what should be done about the Delta.  We challenged him to come back and hear from people of the Delta. This past Monday, he finally made it back, this time hosted by Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Deputy Secretary Jerry Meral, Governor Brown’s appointee to move the BDCP forward.  Even after they brought in extra chairs, it was Standing Room Only at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in Sacramento. They apparently weren’t expecting so many of us, all cleaned up and well-behaved. In his remarks, Laird linked work to date [...]