Action Alert

UPDATED ACTION ALERT – Santa Clara Valley Water District

Dear Friends,Tuesday, Valley Water indicated that their funding measure (discussed in yesterday’s alert) for the November ballot will not include funding for Delta tunnels planning.  That is good news.We think, however, that you may want to share two observations with Valley Water’s Board of Directors.Tell them that the language for the bond measure cannot be squishy so the funds can  be moved around at a later date for tunnel planning.  Make sure the tunnel is not included in this funding explicitly.Also, ask the Board to explain how the funding measure then allows for money to be freed up through the general fund for tunnel expenditures.  Is this what Valley Water ratepayers want? Will Valley Water ratepayers support an expenditure if a [...]

ACTION ALERT – Santa Clara Valley Water District

On June 23, 2020, the Santa Clara Valley Water District will be discussing the possibility of putting a funding measure on the November ballot. We believe the ballot in part is to raise funding for the Delta tunnel project. Valley Water describes their first priority as:  Priority A: Ensure a Safe, Reliable Water Supply   This is exact language used by the Department of Water Resources to describe the Delta tunnel project.  With all the funding challenges for Valley Water associated with dam repairs and flood control, a bond measure that could finance a risky Delta tunnel project that still requires permitting, CEQA review, and a 23-year construction period — all for a diminishing water supply due to climate change — is problematic for [...]

BREAKING: DANGER levels of cyanotoxin found in Discovery Bay

This is a message from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley. 6/10/20 Good Afternoon, The Water Boards received a report of significant cyanobacteria harmful algal bloom (HAB) occurring in Discovery Bay, including multiple locations at the DANGER level (highest threshold). This afternoon (6/10/2020) State Water Board’s HAB Hotline received lab results of the June 4th water samples collected from Discovery Bay by Central Valley Regional Water Board staff – results are summarized in the table below. Incident Details: • Extensive cyanobacteria HAB throughout the bay with elevated cyanotoxins in the bloom material that accumulates near slow moving areas (e.g. coves, docks). • Multiple cyanobacteria genus (Microcystis and Dolichospermum) detected at all locations sampled. • Microcystins exceeding recommended [...]

Action Alert Call Congress About Trump Executive Order (Tunnel Related)

President Trump, hiding behind the COVID pandemic, has, according to Roll Call,  “Signed an executive order that would expedite permitting for infrastructure projects, building on earlier orders to ease regulations for industry. The White House contends the move will help speed the nation’s recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.” “The order directs federal agencies, including Interior, Agriculture and Defense departments and the Army Corps of Engineers, to hasten the permitting processes required under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act.” This is bad news in regard to the Delta tunnel and the raising of Shasta Dam, which will decimate the remaining lands of the Winnemem Wintu people. Both projects will destroy salmon fisheries. The Delta tunnel will ruin Delta [...]

ICYMI – Day #2 Happy Lawsuit Season

With all the lawsuits flying back and forth, we just had to get in on the action!– BarbaraFor Immediate Release, April 29, 2020 Contact:Jeff Miller, Center for Biological Diversity, (510) 499-9185, [email protected] Wright, Sierra Club, (916) 873-5258, [email protected] Lawsuit Challenges California’s Failure to Address State Water Project’s Threat to Bay Delta, Salmon Runs SAN FRANCISCO— Four environmental groups sued the California Department of Water Resources today over its approval of the long-term operation of the State Water Project, the massive system of dams, pumps and aqueducts responsible for siphoning water from Northern California to Southern California. The project approval also failed to analyze the environmental harms of building a new diversion tunnel to send water south. Today’s lawsuit, brought by the [...]

TAKE ACTION: Delta Tunnel NOP Comments Due Friday

Well, we tried.Last week Restore the Delta sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting all “public processes” for the Delta (Tunnel) Conveyance project planning be put on hold during the COVID19 pandemic.The letter outlined the hardships being faced by the Delta community during the pandemic who, “…frankly cannot focus on how one of California’s largest infrastructure projects will impact their community, water supply, and environment.” We asked for a stay of all Delta Conveyance Project public processes until 45 days after the COVID19 pandemic subsides to safe levels.Despite our best efforts to get more time for the COVID-impacted Delta community to learn more about this proposal, the state agencies planning Delta Conveyance Project continue unabated.DEADLINE FOR COMMENTSThis Friday, April 17th at 5 [...]

Action Alert: Ask the Central Valley Flood Protection Board to Delay “Statement of No Objection” Vote for 60 days!

The Central Valley Flood Protection Board’s Mar 27th Meeting, during a pandemic, includes —  Consent item 5D regarding the Delta Tunnel, a “Statement of No Objection”.   Our letter explains that the Central Valley Regional Flood Board should hold off moving forward with a request to the Army Corps of Engineers regarding flood analysis and the Delta tunnel for 60 days to give the public a chance to weigh in during the pandemic. We ask that the Central Valley Flood Protection Board pull this item from the Consent Calendar simply because its approval will send the wrong signal to the California public during the novel coronavirus pandemic that a project like DCP should continue at a time when the public’s attention, including those of environmental justice communities [...]

Action Alert: Single Tunnel Scoping Meetings in February and March

With the Notice of Preparation for the Delta tunnel, a list of scoping meetings has been announced for public participation component as required by law for proposed new projects. We see these meetings as a mixed bag. It is essential for our members to share their concerns about the project and to get them into the legal record. So attendance and being prepared to make comments is essential. DWR has clarified that the meetings will NOT be open house style. Yes, your comments will be taken in by a court reporter, but there will be a short presentation and comments can be made to the entire community.  We received incorrect information on open house meetings from a different government source.  It was clarified for us yesterday at the [...]

Action Alert: Call Governor to Stop Westlands’ Water Grab

It is clear from recent media stories that Westlands Water District is aggressively pushing the Newsom Administration to not litigate against the Bernhardt/Trump Water Plan that will significantly increase pumping from the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Westlands is now threatening to walk away from the “voluntary agreements” to set flow standards for the Delta.The problem is the voluntary agreements, from what we understand, will be worse than the Bay-Delta plan approved at the end of 2018. Little water is being allocated for Delta flows during the summer and fall months when Delta waterways are in peril from proliferating Harmful Algal Blooms. Not surprisingly, Senator Dianne Feinstein, as is customary, is working to help Westlands by putting her own pressure on Governor Newsom. It is sort of amazing to see Senator [...]

Holiday ACTION ALERT to Save the Delta!

CALL Governor Newsom today and all through the holiday break! It is clear from recent media stories that Westlands Water District is aggressively pushing the Newsom Administration to not litigate against the Bernhardt/Trump Water Plan that will significantly increase pumping from the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Westlands is threatening to walk away from the “voluntary agreements” to set flow standards for the Delta.The problem is the voluntary agreements, from what we understand, will be worse than the Bay-Delta plan approved at the end of 2018. Little water is being allocated for Delta flows during the summer and fall months when Delta waterways are in peril from proliferating Harmful Algal Blooms. Not surprisingly, Senator Dianne Feinstein, as is customary, is working to help Westlands by putting her own pressure on [...]