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Restore the Delta Submits Comments on Delta Conveyance

How to send your commentsWe hope everyone has heard, the Delta Conveyance Project Scoping comment period has been extended to April 17, 2020, at 5:00 PM. This gives everyone more time to submit their comments regarding the tunnel project.How to Comment:Email: [email protected] Mail: Department of Water Resources, Attn: Renee Rodriguez, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236 Fillable online form: View formThe NOP and related availability and informational materials can be viewed online or at one of these locations. Comments must be received electronically or postmarked on or before April 17, 2020.Here are the Comments Restore the Delta submitted this week.Via email: [email protected] March 20, 2020 Delta Conveyance Scoping CommentsAttn: Renee RodriguezCalifornia Department of Water ResourcesP.O. Box 942836Sacramento CA  94236 Subject: Delta Conveyance Scoping Comments Dear Ms. Rodriguez: Restore the Delta (RTD) advocates for local [...]

UPDATE: Tunnel NOP Comment Period Extended to 4/17

Late today, Department of Water Resources announced the extension of the Delta Conveyance Project Scoping Period to April 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM. People now have until then to submit their comments regarding the tunnel project. Restore the Delta thanks DWR for extending this deadline during the COVID-19 pandemic. How to Comment: All comments received during the scoping period will be considered in the development of the Draft EIR. DWR is seeking public input on the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIR and input about alternatives that meet the project’s objectives. Comments may be submitted in several ways: Email: [email protected] Mail: Department of Water Resources, Attn: Renee Rodriguez, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236 Fillable online form: View form The NOP and related availability and [...]

Updates On Tunnel NOP Comments Due 3/20

Dear Friends of Restore the Delta,First off, we hope you are safe, healthy, and not overly stressing.  Changing our lives (collectively) on short notice is hard.  Fear of the unknown is stress inducing.  And waiting to see what happens can be stressful also.  Our staff and board extend our best thoughts, well wishes, and empathy to all of you, as we dust ourselves off and rally to continue working on Delta water policies.COVID-19 is a lesson in why good government planning is essential to our physical health, healthy environment, and economic well-being.  Sound planning for our water future has always been our lodestar.With that said, we want to remind people that DWR has NOT postponed, as of this email, the deadline for written scoping comments [...]

ICYMI – 3/11/20 Rain, Retirement, Salmon

RAINEditorial: A week of rain is nice, but does virtually nothing to help L.A.’s water issues – Los Angeles Times 3/11/20Two years ago, L.A. County voters approved Measure W, a tax to capture and clean storm water before it can carry its urban detritus to the sea. It’s a solid beginning, but it will be years before the projects funded by the measure will capture sufficient water to help quench our thirst.We will have to rely more and more on local efforts like these because of changing climate patterns. Warmer winters will mean shrinking Sierra snowpacks, which in turn means that winter precipitation will come more often in the form of rain that can’t be captured, because it will come too fast [...]

Questions for State Water Contractors on the Delta Mega-Tunnel Proposal

For Immediate Release: 3/6/20Contact:Tim Stroshane, [email protected] Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Stockton, CA – Restore the Delta sent letters on Thursday 3/5/20 to four state water contractors with questions about their participation in the Delta Conveyance Project. The questions are simple. 1.     With what water will future Delta tunnel and dams and reservoirs be able to operate? 2.     Will California’s key water agencies, yours among them, conduct thorough, factual, and honest outreach to all communities, especially environmental justice and disadvantaged communities in their service areas regarding the costs of proposed projects and water outcomes? 3.     With lengthy and costly construction logistics, have California’s key water agencies, yours among them, done the necessary “due diligence” studies to make fully informed decisions about a future Delta tunnel, dams, and reservoirs? [...]

ICYMI: Super Tuesday Edition

Today is California’s first-ever, Super Tuesday Primary. We encourage everyone to get out and vote. Find your Polling Place here. While you are waiting in line to vote, here are a few water-related items that may be of interest.  1) Here is a must-watch video. Hear what Stockton youth think of Delta mismanagement, the tunnel, and related Delta water and air pollution challenges. 2) Last night Northern California Tribal Members and community supporters came out in large numbers in Redding to oppose the Delta tunnel. Read the Twitter feed here to learn what they had to say. We have full gratitude for their care for our rivers and the Delta. We live-tweeted the event. Start here. 3) Read the E&E News story on the Westlands [...]

Westlands “Permanent” Water Contracts Illegal and Heading to Court

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2020Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected]  Stockton, CA – Late Friday, Californians learned of a deal between the Trump Administration and Westland water district that would give “permanent” water contracts to the most arid farmlands of California. Westlands Water District gets permanent U.S. contractfor massive irrigation deliveries – LAT 2/28/20“The Interior Department on Friday awarded the nation’s largest farm water district a permanent entitlement to annual irrigation deliveries that amount to roughly twice as much water as the nearly 4 million residents of Los Angeles use in a year.“Gaining a permanent contract for so much cheap Central Valley Project water represents a major milestone for Westlands Water District, which supplies some of the state’s wealthiest growers and has long-standing ties [...]

Delta Flows: Shutting down Anderson Dam

by Tim Stroshane, Policy Analyst, Restore the Delta It was alarming, hardball news to hear yesterday that Leroy Anderson Dam—which holds back Silicon Valley’s Anderson Reservoir—is considered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC, a federal dam regulatory) so seismically unsafe that its owner, the Santa Clara Valley Water District , must drain it to the last drop by October 1 this year. FERC viewed the District (“Valley Water”) as having slow-walked its response to seismic safety concerns, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Anderson Dam is underlain by channel sediments that could liquefy and undermine the dam’s foundation in good-sized (say, magnitude 6.6) earthquake nearby.  The Calaveras Fault is very close by. In 1984, I felt a 6.2 magnitude quake from [...]

BREAKING: California to Sue Trump over Bogus Delta Water BiOp

For Immediate Release: 2/19/2020Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Sacramento Bee is reporting this afternoon:Gov. Gavin Newsom, in a pre-emptive strike against President Donald Trump, said Wednesday he plans to sue Trump’s administration to block a controversial plan to increase water deliveries to the San Joaquin Valley.Newsom’s office said he “will file legal action in the coming days … to protect highly imperiled fish species close to extinction.”The announcement came just minutes before Trump appeared in Bakersfield to announce he’s finalized an order removing regulatory roadblocks and enabling the giant Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta pumps to deliver additional water to the southern half of the state. Statement from Governor Newsom:“We will file legal action in the coming days to challenge the federal biological opinions [...]

Trump’s California Water Grab. Where is Newsom?

For Immediate Release: 2/19/2020 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Stockton, CA – President Trump visits Bakersfield today to tout his accomplishments for Big Ag. Trump delivers on pledge for wealthy California farmers – AP 2/19/20 Meanwhile, SF Bay-Delta residents worry governor Newsom is doing little to defend the water flows that decades of science have shown is required to keep the fish and communities of the West Coast’s largest estuary alive and healthy. As a leader in the movement that defeated Governor Brown’s Twin Tunnels proposal, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta recently reflected on her organization’s attempts to work with the new governor. Here are excerpts from her statement. Read the full blog here. The Trump-Newsom, Newsom-Trump Water Plan for [...]