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Delta Flows: The Rumor Mill Edition

by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta If you have been keeping up with our news about the vote next week at Metropolitan Water District regarding funding for planning and design of the Delta tunnel, we think you will find these recent developments interesting.   We have not been able to confirm in writing or with sources what has been shared with us, in part because some parties will simply not reply. We hope that some motivated reporters, however, will be able to push sources for clarification in a way that our grassroots organization cannot. What we do know, that can be verified…   As explained quite clearly by Caty Wagner of Sierra Club California, here is what MWD Board Members will now be considering [...]

ICYMI 12/2/20: Climate-Mortgage Disaster, MWD Action Alert!

How climate change could spark the next home mortgage disaster – Politico (Special Report) 11/30/20Taxpayers are backing more than a trillion dollars in home mortgages, but the agencies buying them are neglecting to consider climate risks.“Heavy rains overran the streets this year, last year — almost every year. And the problem is projected to get worse: Some scientists fear the city could be underwater within the lifetimes of some current residents.“Despite that grim prognosis, the federal government keeps pumping mortgage money into Hialeah, as it does in hundreds of other communities now facing grave dangers from climate change. “…a result of outdated maps that do not consider future flood scenarios arising from climate change — a problem that, policymakers maintain, is replicated [...]

Today is Giving Tuesday. Join us as we continue our work in 2021!

Dear Friends, On this Giving Tuesday, we know that many fine organizations are asking for your contributions. During the Covid pandemic, there is great urgency for helping people with direct contributions to help families survive the current crisis.  We understand and support the work of many local organizations on the frontlines; our staff and board members are personally making contributions to direct aid organizations during the pandemic. Organizationally we support such groups with messaging and practical assistance where we can. We also supported financially and through coordinated communications mask making efforts for the Delta during the first months of the pandemic when masks could not be found anywhere. The efforts of local volunteers, whom we supplied with cloth, elastic, and sewing supplies, resulted [...]

ACTION ALERT – Survey on MWD’s New General Manager + Priorities

Friends,Metropolitan Water District of Southern Californiais looking for a new general manager as Jeff Kightlinger is retiring; click on the link to complete the survey as to what you believe the priorities for MWD should be going forward. This is time sensitive, as the survey closes tomorrow November 25.Also be prepared to participate on-line December 8, 2020 in their on-line board meeting to add a public comment as to whether MWD should spend hundreds of millions of dollars to continue with Delta planning – during a pandemic and severe economic downturn for water ratepayers – of if they should begin seriously working on water sustainability plans to be prepared for a changing climate.  We will send talking points and directions out next weekend to give you [...]

ICYMI 11/22/20: Delta Digging, MWD Voting, Your Delta – Your Voice

What’s that digging in the Delta? Pre-construction underway on Delta Conveyance Project – KCRA-TV Sacramento 11/19/20The first world is comprised of farmers, making a living off the land. The other world is construction activity, with digging now underway in the Sacramento River Delta.The ambitious, multi-billion-dollar tunnel project is moving forward, with plenty of controversy in the Sacramento River Delta.The original twin tunnel plan proposed by former Gov. Jerry Brown has now been slimmed down to one tunnel under Gov. Gavin Newsom. However, the opposition appears to have grown bigger.Work crews have been busy this week along Twin Cities Road near Courtland. They are conducting core sampling, the first step in drafting an Environmental Impact Report for a tunnel plan known as the Delta [...]

URGENT APPEAL: 2021 Update for the San Francisco Bay-Delta

Dear Friends,  The San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary and Restore the Delta are at critical junctures. Pivotal decisions are now being made: flood control to the Delta tunnel, managing and mitigating harmful algal blooms, and whether “voluntary” agreements will mean less freshwater flow for the estuary. At the Federal level, attempts are being made to strip the estuary of additional water quality and environmental protections, making tunnel construction easier.Will Restore the Delta be able to keep fighting to restore an estuary that serves all area residents, protects public health, restores fisheries and wildlife, and ensures a healthy agricultural economy? Or will representation be once again fragment between specific interests within the Delta and California water community as it was 15 years ago before [...]

ICYMI: 11/6/20 Delta Tunnel Planning Costs

VThe Cost of the Delta Tunnel Threatens SoCal’s Water Future – Doug Obegi, NRDC 10/30/20The IRP is intended to be a road map that will guide Met’s investments over the next 25 years, helping the Board of Directors to make choices about how to plan to meet demand for water in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective way…But Met’s tunnel vision—and its failing business model—threaten the investments necessary for that more sustainable future…The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California should not approve spending additional money for designing the Delta tunnel in December, and the Board should wait to make these important funding decisions until after the IRP process is complete. Now is not the time to approve [...]

Lawsuit to Stop DWR’s Blank Check Gambit for a Delta Tunnel Restore the Delta statement

For Immediate Release: 10/27/20Contact: Tim Stroshane, Policy Analyst, Restore the Delta, 510-847-7556, [email protected], CA – Today, a coalition of water and conservation organizations filed a lawsuit at the California Superior Court in Sacramento to challenge the California Department of Water Resources attempt to validate revenue bonds for the proposed Delta Water Tunnel. The lawsuit maintains that the validation being sought by DWR is premature. Conservation groups are seeking injunctive relief that will direct the California Department of Water Resources to rescind its Delta Program Revenue Bond General Bond Resolution.  The coalition filing the lawsuit today includes: Restore the Delta, Sierra Club California, Center for Biological Diversity, and the Planning and Conservation League and Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. DWR Seeking a Blank [...]

In Case You Missed It: Watch Our Town Hall Today!

Did you miss our Town Hall on October 20th? No worries! You can watch it here.We updated our members on Delta processes, Delta news, the tunnel, flood planning, harmful algal blooms, Federal legislation, and other Delta issues.  We also had a robust conversation with members regarding these issues.All presentations can be found here. We’ve been busy at Restore the Delta and now we need your help. Restore the Delta did not meet its funding goals for its mid-year campaign. And we understand why. We have adjusted our staffing accordingly – two full-time employees – two very part-time contractors. We have cut our overhead to next to nothing. Yet, we are still scraping the bottom of the barrel as grants have been delayed, and in [...]

ICYMI 10/21/20 – LA Mayor Garcetti Wants Local, Affordable Water

RTD: Thanks to everyone who attended our online Town Hall on Tuesday night. We will have the video posted this weekend for anyone who missed it at Restorethedelta.org. Sierra Club:Mayor Garcetti Tells MWD to Focus on Affordability, Local Water Investment LOS ANGELES, October 20, 2020— Mayor Eric Garcetti has released to Southern California’s largest water wholesaler a list of water priorities for the City of Los Angeles that departs from the path the wholesaler has taken in recent years. The list calls for the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) to focus its policies to “(1) invest in local water supply projects to protect the region from climate change impacts; (2) protect ratepayers, particularly low-income ratepayers; and (3) empower leaders at MWD that embrace the [...]