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Delta Flows — WaterFix Alphabet Soup Edition: JLBC; CBA; DCFA; WIFIA; Series AZ Revenue Bonds

By: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla   JLBC Hearing Recap After the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) Hearing last month for the State Water Contract Extensions Amendments, Restore the Delta joined in working with coalition partners on an analysis, and legislative follow up on outcomes from the hearing. While the “holding” of the hearing itself does indeed advance the WaterFix process, we were pleased with legislators, under the leadership of the Committee Chair, Senator Holly Mitchell, for asking tough questions and asserting their authority for further oversight of State Water Project Contract Extensions, specifically in relation to the Delta tunnels. In effect, it was the best possible outcome from a bad process. This does not mean we were pleased, however, with the Department [...]

Metropolitan Water District Feigns Legislative Distance Over Calvert Rider: Public Record Act Documents Reveal Complicit Action Including Other CA Water Districts & Agencies

For immediate release: July 2, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Metropolitan Water District Feigns Legislative Distance Over Calvert Rider: Public Record Act Documents Reveal Complicit Action Including Other CA Water Districts & Agencies STOCKTON – Restore the Delta recently acquired a series of documents contained in a Public Records Act Request (PRA) from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD or Metropolitan) that indicate respective staff members from MWD, Kern County Water Authority (KCWA), and the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCWVD) reviewed the extent to which the House Appropriations spending bill met their previously planned needs for the CA WaterFix project, including the Calvert rider—a legislative provision that would ban further judicial review of [...]

Author of Delta Tunnels Litigation Rider Funded by Construction & Engineering Corporations and Bottled Water

For immediate release May 16, 2018 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Author of Delta Tunnels Litigation Rider Funded by Construction & Engineering Corporations and Bottled Water STOCKTON – Today, Restore the Delta noted that the author of a rider seeking to ban all litigation against the Delta Tunnels, Congressman Ken Calvert, R-Corona, has received a number of campaign contributions from various construction and engineering corporations, including the Parsons Corporation, the bottled water industry, Southern California developer interests, and general members of the Southern California Water Committee. Congressman Calvert’s rider was added to the draft Interior Department spending bill for fiscal year 2019, and would exempt CA WaterFix from judicial review, bypassing state and [...]

In Case You Missed It: Anti-Tunnels Coalition Sends Letter to Karla Nemeth; San Diego Water Authority Letter Details MWD’s Fiduciary Inconsistencies Pursuing CA WaterFix

ICYMI: 5/7/28 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   In Case You Missed It: Anti-Tunnels Coalition Sends Letter to Karla Nemeth; San Diego Water Authority Letter Details MWD’s Fiduciary Inconsistencies Pursuing CA WaterFix   A coalition of environmental organizations sent a letter today to Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director Karla Nemeth regarding current State Water Contract negotiations related to moving forward with the CA WaterFix proposal.   The coalition’s findings reveal that approvals by various water districts to support CA WaterFix are premature given the current incomplete status of State Water Project negotiations. The environmental organizations signing the letter, consequently, find that DWR’s strong-armed push on Santa Clara Valley Water District to support CA [...]

WEEKEND ACTION ALERT:   Santa Clara County, It’s time to call Mayor Liccardo and submit your comments to the SCVWD board of directors

WEEKEND ACTION ALERT:   Santa Clara County, It’s time to call Mayor Liccardo and submit your comments to the SCVWD board of directors With the Santa Clara Valley Water District office closed Saturday and Sunday, the best way to fight the tunnels this weekend is by calling the office of Mayor Sam Liccardo and by emailing the board a comment to be included into the record of the SCVWD’s vote rescheduled for May 8 at 9:30am. Here’s how to leave a message at Mayor Liccardo’s office: Call Mayor Liccardo’s office at (408) 535-4800. Leave a short and sweet message, explaining that you oppose the Delta Tunnels project, and it does not make sense for Santa Clara County. It is also just [...]

ACTION ALERT:  Santa Clara County, It’s time to call your board reps and Mayor Liccardo

ACTION ALERT:  Santa Clara County, It’s time to call your board reps and Mayor Liccardo You have written comments, shown up to meetings, and spoken before the board. Now it’s time to flood Santa Clara Valley Water District and the office of Mayor Sam Liccardo with phone calls expressing your opposition to the Delta tunnels before SCVWD revisits their vote on May 8, at 9:30am. Here’s how to make sure your message is counted at SCVWD: Call the SCVWD office at (408) 265-2600 and ask that the operator take a message and forward that message to your district official. Make sure you call before 5PM when the office closes.  Keep it short and sweet, explaining why you oppose the Delta Tunnels [...]

MWD Looking to Get Control of First Delta Tunnel and State’s Water Distribution

Today at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) Bay-Delta Committee meeting, General Manager Jeff Kightlinger and Assistant General Manager Roger Patterson revealed that Governor Brown, the State Water Contractors, and the Department of Water Resources (DWR) have been part of discussions to move forward with the first tunnel of the phased-in CA WaterFix project, while keeping quiet about specifics of a potential second tunnel.   In addition to contributing to half of the State Water Project share of the tunnel project, MWD is considering the creation of a separate joint-powers authority (JPA) to pay for the Central Valley Project share of the tunnel, providing it can achieve favorable contractual guarantees from the state to control water deliveries and [...]

Restore the Delta Responds to Confusion Surrounding SCVWD WaterFix Vote

Stockton, CA — Executive Director of Restore the Delta, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla released the following statement regarding Santa Clara Valley Water District’s California WaterFix vote:   “Yesterday afternoon, Santa Clara Valley Water District agreed to moving forward with a project named California WaterFix, yet with funding capped at $600 million in 2017 dollars (minus interest), and for possibly one tunnel.   “The San Jose Mercury News and the Sacramento Bee reported that Santa Clara’s vote is a rejection of California WaterFix as proposed presently.   “Governor Jerry Brown and Secretary Laird released statements that claimed victory because Santa Clara Valley Water District was moving ahead in supporting California WaterFix to get ‘the water they need.’   “These contradictory views of Santa [...]

Restore the Delta Responds to MWD’s WaterFix Vote

Los Angeles, CA –The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted in favor of supporting the CA WaterFix (Delta Tunnels) project today. The vote is an approval by the MWD board to participate in the construction of the tunnels, contribute 26% of funding, and go forth with two joint powers authorities–one for construction, and one for financing.   To view MWD’s proposed motions on CA WaterFix, reference item 8.4 on the Oct. 10 board agenda.   With Metropolitan financially committed, the focus of tunnels opponents now shifts to the two remaining water districts asked to participate in the Delta Tunnels: Kern County Water Agency and Santa Clara Valley Water District.   Kern County Water’s vote on CA WaterFix is scheduled [...]

WaterFix Chaos, Colonized Delta, and California Democracy

By Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla and Tim Stroshane   In water agencies all over California right now, fevered phone calls between general managers and directors and attorneys and engineers are likely happening because of Westlands Water District’s vote to reject California WaterFix on September 19th:   Will the project have to get smaller or stay the same?   Will the state water contractors be able to afford the project without federal Central Valley Project (CVP) water contractors ponying up? If so, how?   Can the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) force State Water Project (SWP) contractors to support WaterFix even if it’s against their wishes?   Will project customers getting Delta imports have to pay higher property taxes for the project? [...]