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DELTA TUNNELS: Where are we now?

The last week of events in fight against the Delta Tunnels has been exciting and complicated. And it may all come to a head this Wednesday, December 12. To understand all the elements currently at play in the fight for the Delta, think of the child’s game, JENGA. As the blocks stack higher, and foundations are removed, the entire project is at risk of toppling over. This is where we are now on Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels. Block One – The Delta Stewardship Council Last Friday, the Department of Water Resources sent a letter to the Delta Stewardship Council, formally withdrawing the Department’s certification of consistency for the California Water Fix was consistent with the Delta Plan, a standard the [...]

Brave Delta Souls, Good News, But Crucial Work To Finish

We recognize that we are guilty of over communication with you all presently. But these next two weeks are crucial for running down the clock on the Brown Administration and for stopping a bad water bargain via Senator Feinstein’s WIIN Act. We have to ensure that plans are not put in place that are immediately detrimental to the Delta in exchange for even worse plans — the Delta tunnels. But we have made significant progress with the California Department of Water Resources withdrawing its consistency determination from the Delta Stewardship Council to rework outstanding concerns around California WaterFix. This is an important victory for our coalition, including the City of Stockton, San Joaquin County, Central Delta Water Agency, Local Agencies of [...]

Major Setback for Gov. Brown’s Delta Tunnels

SACRAMENTO – As reported this afternoon by Maven’s Notebook The Department of Water Resources has sent a letter to the Delta Stewardship Council, formally withdrawing the Department’s certification of consistency for the California Water Fix (Delta Tunnels.) “DWR is hereby withdrawing the Certification of Consistency for California Water Fix that was filed on July 27, 2018.” DWR to DSC Water Fix Consistency Certification 12.7.18 Statement by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director, Restore the Delta: “This is a great day for the Delta Protection Act. We are thrilled about DWR’s withdrawal from the consistency determination process. But the Delta is still in danger. There is this WIIN Act deal between Governor Brown, Senator Feinstein, the GOP Congress, and the Trump Administration. While Feinstein’s staff [...]

San Francisco Bay-Delta Residents Protest Sen. Feinstein’s Water Deal 

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2018 Contact: Julie Light, Food and Water Watch, 510-992-4083 Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta 209-479-2053 San Francisco Bay-Delta Residents Protest Sen. Feinstein’s Water Deal   SAN FRANCISCO – Public interest groups, conservationists, fishermen, and SF Bay-Delta residents delivered a strong message at the San Francisco office of Senator Dianne Feinstein today, “Drop Your Support for the WIIN Act!”  The protesters came from across Northern California to protest Feinstein’s proposed Water Infrastructure Improvement Act for the Nation (WIIN) deal with the Trump Administration and Republican leader Kevin McCarthy. The last-minute rider would be attached to the bill needed to prevent a government shutdown. The Feinstein-McCarthy deal would extend a drought-era waiver of environmental protections for the SF [...]

FEDERAL ACTION ALERT: Call Your Reps and Demand No Last Minute Riders to Increase Delta Exports!

Last Friday, Governor Brown cut a deal with the Trump Administration to save his delta tunnels. Brown endorsed a 7-year extension of the controversial Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act). These provisions were proposed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in a deal designed to increase water deliveries to agribusiness. By endorsing the WIIN Act, Brown appears to hope the Trump Administration will provide funding to his costly tunnels project, a move previously withheld by Westlands Water District a year ago. “Brown just capitulated to Trump and his crony, David Bernhardt,” said John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association. “Heck of a way to end eight years as governor.” Governor Brown [...]

Brave Delta Souls, We Are Under Attack

“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 exchange for [...]

Restore the Delta Reax: 
Governor Brown Backs WIIN Act in Congress

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 #GivingTuesday and we need your help.

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 [...]