We need supporters of transparency for California WaterFix (SB204) to attend the hearing of the Senate and Natural Resources and Water Committee on March 12th at 9:30 AM at the Capitol in room 112. Arrive early to fill out a blue speakers card. Keep your comments focused on the need for contractual and financial oversight of WaterFix. (This is not a hearing about whether we oppose or support tunnels; it is about the need for oversight.) And be prepared to have comment time reduced to one minute. Nevertheless, it is very important to have a physical presence at the hearing. MWD will have all the usual suspects from water districts with their lobbyists present to fight the bill. WHO: Restore the Delta, Concerned Bay/Delta ResidentsWHAT: Senate Natural Resources [...]
Dear Friends, In a brazen final act, Governor Brown has 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, and federal sign off on permits, to his costly tunnels project. With just a week left of the federal legislative calendar, Delta lovers are calling Senator Dianne Feinstein and asking her to withdraw her support the WIIN Act rider to a spending [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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This past week was a doozy. While we received great news from the Delta Stewardship Council, Governor Brown is still relentlessly trying to push through his boondoggle legacy project. Speculation of potential backroom deals for the tunnels has popped up in news reporting and cryptic tweets. This is the real legacy that Brown is leaving behind, and we will make sure it is written into history. Before Governor-Elect Newsom takes office, he is already at a crossroads. Will he continue in the shadow of Governor Brown, and carry out Brown’s tunnel vision? Or will he pave a path towards innovating and implementing sustainable water projects in communities across the state? Right now there are 3 steps you can take to help us point Governor Newsom in [...]
First off: Congratulations to attorneys Osha Meserve and Tom Keeling whose filings to the Delta Stewardship Council led to Councilmember Maria Mehranian re-recusing herself from voting on the WaterFix Certification of Consistency “in order to avoid any appearance of bias.” Councilmember Mehranian is a partner at the Cordoba Corporation which sought and lost a contract to work on WaterFix. She also wrote a blog on WaterFix for publication just 60 days prior to being appointed to the Delta Stewardship Council by Governor Brown. Ms. Mehranian attempted to reverse her recusal after Cordoba did not win the WaterFix contract. We still believe that these conflicts should disqualify Ms. Mehranian completely from membership on the Council, but for now thanks to the [...]
What: Public Hearing Regarding Appeals of the Consistency Certification for CA WaterFix: public comment period When: Oct. 26th starting at 9 am Where: Ramada Inn, West Sacramento, Conference Center Pack a lunch; pack a book and some knitting; charge up your cell phone. And be ready to stand up for the Delta! But first you have to do some prep work! The California Department of Water Resources has filed with the Delta Stewardship Council a “consistency determination” for California Water Fix. This filing is how DWR will get approval from the Delta Stewardship Council that the Delta tunnels project is consistent with the Council’s Delta Plan. This process checks off a box to move forward with construction of the tunnels. [...]
The recent legislative failures to stop the Cadiz Water Project and to enact the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund sting a little more knowing that the JLBC hearing is just a few short days away (September 11)—a meeting that would rubber stamp a 50-year State Water contract before Delta tunnels amendments have been finished and reviewed by the Committee and before a detailed financial plan for the tunnels is available. Instead of approving these two bills that would have benefitted the public trust, the legislature, fueled by MWD’s influence, are continuing to push through the JLBC hearing to put a rush order on tunnels construction. What’s worse is knowing that MWD’s influence and the Resnicks’ political contributions are shaping [...]