“It feels more like the daisy game played by children,” Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla of Restore the Delta said in an email. “Instead of ‘He loves me; He loves me not,’ we are down to a daily scenario of ‘Tunnels; No tunnels.’ We will see which petal we end with on Governor Brown’s last day.” Dear Friends, Now is the time for brave Delta souls to rise up, to roll up their sleeves, to keep the faith in the rightness of their cause, and to get to work to save the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary for our children and future generations. Backroom deals are being cut to take as much water as possible out of the Delta right now in [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, November 30, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053 SACRAMENTO – Outgoing Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a statement in support of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). Response by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, executive director: “In the final days of his term, Governor Brown has once again betrayed the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary and its people. The WIIN Act was supposed to be a two-year emergency measure during extreme drought. That was what we were promised by Senator Feinstein. “Governor Brown supports a renewal of the WIIN ACT that includes backroom deals for how water will be managed in California and continuing to make Delta communities and fisheries the losers. “We [...]
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!
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 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 [...]