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CA DWR Rescinds California Water Fix Bond Resolutions

For Immediate Release: 5/9/19 Contact:Bob Wright, Friends of the River, (916) 442-3155 x207 Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, (209) 479-2053 Sacramento – The California Department of Water Resources has formally rescinded the Bond Resolutions authorizing issuance of almost $9 billion of bonds to pay for the start of construction of the Delta Twin Tunnels. The resolution was adopted on May 7, 2019. DWR’s funding for any new one-tunnel proposal must start from scratch. Attorneys representing conservation, agriculture, and fishing groups today praised this action by DWR. Statement by Bob Wright, Senior Counsel, Friends of the River There is great news now reflecting a complete restart of Department of Water Resources (DWR) planning for Delta water export issues including conveyance. On [...]

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 [...]

Delta Flows: A Day For California History Books. But What’s Next?

When scholars of California history and California water review the decisions our state leaders made to plan for the impacts from climate change, they will look back at May 2, 2019 as the pivotal date in our state’s water planning processes.  As the Department of Water Resources, under Governor Newsom’s direction, rescinded permits for California WaterFix from the State Water Resources Control Board, a decision was made to begin new water planning processes with the intention to make California water resilient in the decades ahead, while providing better protections for the Delta and Delta communities. While the vast majority of our followers recognize that the decision to end the twin tunnels is a huge victory for the Delta and the [...]

DWR Rescinds Delta Twin Tunnel Permit Application; Begins New Process for a Single Tunnel

For Immediate Release: 5/2/19 Contact:  Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] STOCKTON, CA – Today, the California Department of Water Resources withdrew its permit application for California WaterFix (the twin tunnels project) from consideration before the State Water Resources Control Board. They also submitted notice to begin the process for planning a single tunnel conveyance project. These notices fill in some details about an executive order the governor signed on April 29, 2019 directing three state agencies to develop a “comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways through the 21st century.”
 The Water Resilience Portfolio order directs the secretaries of the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food [...]

Gov. Newsom Introduces California Water Resilience Portfolio – Restore the Delta Response

For Immediate Release: 4/29/2019 Contact:  Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Brian Smith, 415-320-9384G STOCKTON, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order late Monday, April 29, directing three state agencies to develop a “comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways through the 21st century.” The Water Resilience Portfolio order directs the secretaries of the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to identify and assess a suite of complementary actions to ensure safe and resilient water supplies, flood protection and healthy waterways for the state’s communities, economy and environment. The portfolio will integrate and build on programs, policies and investments already in place to [...]

ICYMI April 25, 2019 California Water News

Dead fish wash up near $6.3 million passageway designed to protect them. Why didn’t it work? Sacramento Bee 4/25/19 “The optics of the dead fish rotting next to the new facility raises fresh questions about whether habitat restoration programs championed by former Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration, through his controversial Delta tunnels project, will be completed in time to make a difference. The programs are designed to prevent the extinction of numerous species of fish whose plummeting numbers in recent years have lead to wide-ranging cuts to California’s water supply. “The erosion and design problem at the Fremont Weir facility comes after the Department of Water Resources has faced more than two years of withering criticism for allowing problems to fester at [...]

CAL EPA Environmental Justice Event in Stockton 4/29 Secretary Blumenfeld and Stockton Mayor Tubbs to speak

Contact: Daniel Lopez, Office of Mayor Michael Tubbs, 209-292-3516 Kevin Olp, Cal EPA, 916-324-9682 Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053 CAL EPA Environmental Justice Event in Stockton 4/29Secretary Blumenfeld and Stockton Mayor Tubbs to speak WHAT: Planting the Seeds: Stockton’s Environmental TransformationA celebration of the ongoing partnership between the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), Stockton’s vibrant community health and social justice organizations, and the City, to work towards achieving environmental justice in Stockton by sharing and disseminating information regarding environmental concerns and challenges, and by investigating and addressing enforcement and compliance issues affecting Stockton residents. WHO: Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockton Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency Yana Garcia, Assistant Secretary of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs (CalEPA) Joaquin Esquivel, Chair of the [...]

Halfway Home: Delta Communities Stronger Together is May 29.

Join us on Wednesday May 29that Wine & Roses in Lodi, Ca.We will be honoring the Delta Working Teamfor their hard work and dedication to the Delta.Tickets are $80 for individuals and $150 for couples.Sponsorships available. Purchase tickets now!

Fourth Annual H2O Hackathon Challenges Students to Use Technology to Protect Californians from Floods

March 15, 2019 019-037: UPDATED H2O Hackathon Advance Contacts: Zack Johnson, (209) 468-4937; Stephen Callahan, (209) 468-9247; Bret States, (209) 468-4961 More students than ever will compete for prize-money totaling $11,000 to develop apps promoting dam safety. San Joaquin County students are back to focus their computer-coding and problem-solving skills on California water issues at the Fourth Annual H2O Hackathon at the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) on Saturday, March 16. This year’s challenge, “What’s the Dam Problem,” focuses on the system of dams providing California with both water storage and protection from flooding by holding back millions of acre-feet of water. Strong, well- maintained dams keep downstream communities safe; technology can make them even safer. Students will [...]

California Groups Issue Bernhardt Warning: Former Lobbyist is Acting on Behalf of Former Clients at Interior

For Immediate Release: 3/11/2018 Contact:Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053Kathryn Phillips, Sierra Club California, 916-557-1100 x 1020Noah Oppenheim, Executive Director, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, 415-561-5080  Sacramento – In a letter sent to Senators Warren, Blumenthal, and Harris today, California water, fishing, environmental organizations and tribal leaders are raising serious ethical questions about acting interior secretary David Bernhardt. A brutal confirmation fight is expected soon in the Senate as President Trump has now nominated Bernhardt to permanently lead the Department of the Interior. Bernhardt has served as deputy secretary since early in the Trump administration, and became acting secretary after Ryan Zinke resigned in December 2018 under an ethical cloud. Bernhardt brings multiple conflicts of interest to this position. [...]