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Santa Clara Valley Water District: Stop Subsidizing Big Ag With Ratepayer Money!

According to the latest meeting materials from the San Luis Delta-Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA), it appears that Santa Clara Valley Water District was the only SLDMWA member agency that voted to provide the Department of Water Resources with additional funding for the Planning Phase of Califorina WaterFix. This after Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Members have stated at public meetings that they were not going forward with CA WaterFix planning until a finance plan was made available for the project and after further public discussion.   Please contact your Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Member and let them know of your opposition to funding for more planning of CA WaterFix (the Delta tunnels). Let them know of your [...]

Santa Clara Valley Water District Taxpayers Protest Hidden Taxes

 For Immediate Release: June 21, 2016 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Brian Smith, 415-320-9384, [email protected]   Santa Clara Valley Water District Taxpayers Protest Hidden Taxes Funding Delta Tunnels Planning   San Jose, CA – Today, ratepayers from Santa Clara Valley Water District questioned unfair, and possibly illegal, fees that have emerged in documents recovered under the Public Records Act. The documents reveal an elaborate money transfer mechanism set up years ago that is funding planning for the controversial Delta Tunnels project. Fees that taxpayers and ratepayers never approved.   Ratepayers shared their concerns during public comments at the SCVWD Board workshop on CA WaterFix today. Bryan Carr, a SCVWD ratepayer from Monte Sereno said, “As a ratepayer [...]

Santa Clara Valley Water District to Add Charge for Delta Tunnels

For Immediate Release: 4/19/2016 Contact:
 Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] UPDATE 4/22: Controversy erupts over Santa Clara Water District’s groundwater charges NOTE 4/20: Corrections made to table below Santa Clara Valley Water District to Add Charge for Delta Tunnels
 Rates to increase without a public vote   San Jose, CA – Attendees at a recent public meeting in Gilroy were surprised to learn that a new fee will be soon be added to their groundwater bills to support the Cal WaterFix, also known as the Delta Tunnels.   Several users of small private residential water systems complained bitterly about the cost of the current groundwater charges on top of the cost of pumping and maintenance of their wells. [...]

Action Alert: Santa Clara Valley Water District needs to hear from you, not Big Ag front group!

Dear friends, Californians for Water Security, the Stewart Resnick Big Ag front group, is asking Californians to send emails in support of the Delta Tunnels/CA Water Fix to Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Board. Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) needs to hear from ratepayers like you that will actually pay the costs, NOT a tricky Big Ag front group that spend millions promoting the Delta Tunnels. The SCVWD staff has presented the Board an analysis of the Delta Tunnels project based on the assumption that agricultural exporters will contribute 40 percent of the total project cost. But spokesmen from the San Luis Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District have both recently declared the project ‘unviable’ and said that [...]

Opponents Debunk Delta Tunnels Sales Pitch at Santa Clara Valley Water District "Special" Meeting Today

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] San Jose, CA – At a Special Board “Workshop” today, the Santa Clara Valley Water District heard from state agencies on the Delta Tunnels plan. The case for the Tunnels was made by Mark Cowin, California Department of Water Resources, David Okita, California Natural Resources Agency, and Chuck Bonham, California Department of Fish & Wildlife.   However, a majority of speakers represented environmental and community organizations. Tunnel opponents countered the agencies' claims of environmental benefits and asked for a deep look at alternatives in terms of environmental impacts, cost-benefit, and water supply security for Santa Clara County.    Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta said, “We believe the ecological and economic impacts of the Tunnels [...]

BDCP Response at Santa Clara Valley Water District on Dec 9th.

Here are some videos of our response to Secretary John Laird’s presentation to the Santa Clara Valley Water District on Dec. 9th. Restore the Delta, Jane Wagner-Tack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxXIT0_gB9Q Restore the Delta, Michael Frost: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obDxWcJreb8 Concerned flyfisher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWta3qD6HUY Outside statement from RTD, FGF, F&WW, EWC:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvT79Nzjt8A

Join us for a rally and press conference Monday, December 9th at the Santa Clara Valley Water District

Restore the Delta with partners from Californians for a Fair Water Policy is asking our members to join us for a rally at the Santa Clara Water District’s special meeting on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The rally will begin at 9 a.m. and will include a press conference outside after Secretary John Laird finishes his presentation to the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors.Start Time: 9 a.m., Monday, December 9, 2013 Press conference: After Secretary Laird finishes his talkBring signs expressing your opposition to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.The Santa Clara Valley Water District is located at 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118To read more about why the BDCP is bad for San Jose area water [...]

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? [...]

Land Purchases: MWD’s New Water Grab?

Fascinating and scary article we wanted to share with you today.   According to excellent reporting by Ry Rivard the Los Angeles-based “Renewable Resources Group” has helped sell 33,000 acres of land to California’s most powerful water agency, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.  A Little-Known Company Is Quietly Making Massive Water Deals –  Voice of San Diego 5/7/19 “By spring 2016, Metropolitan had agreed to pay $175 million for 20,000 acres of farmland south of Sacramento. Again, Metropolitan paid a premium for the land – and again, Renewable was reaping the rewards. A 5-year-old appraisal showed the land was worth about half what Metropolitan paid.” Here is why we think this long read is so important… Ry Rivard’s [...]

In Case You Missed It Recent California Water News – 1/28/2019

In Case You Missed It Recent California Water News 1/28/2019 Water district weighs raising taxes or raising water bills – Mountain View Voice 1/24/19 “The water district is looking for more money to pay for its share of the controversial California WaterFix, a $16.7 billion state project that would build two 40-foot-wide tunnels from Sacramento to Tracy. Water district board members agreed in May last year to be a partner agency in the project, which was estimated to cost the district $650 million.” Restore the Delta Comment: “A number of permits are still needed to begin tunnels construction, financing is not in place, litigation is unfolding, the project now costs $19.8 billion, and only 10 percent of the design is [...]