This Thursday, July 19, the Construction Joint Powers Authority for the Delta tunnels project is meeting in Sacramento to discuss the possibility of authorizing its Executive Director to implement a professional services agreement with the Hallmark Group—a construction company that faced public scrutiny last fall when a state audit revealed Hallmark was unqualified to successfully execute a project like the twin tunnels. JPA MEETING DETAILS WHAT: Construction Joint Powers Authority (JPA) meeting WHERE: Sacramento Public Library, Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95184 WHEN: Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:00 p.m. To let the JPA board know we are listening, we need as many Delta advocates to attend Thursday’s meeting and deliver public comments. It is important to remind [...]
ACTION ALERT: The Next Step to Stop the Calvert Rider? Get Governor Brown and the Department of Water Resources to Stand Up for Due Process
ACTION ALERT: The Next Step to Stop the Calvert Rider? Get Governor Brown and the Department of Water Resources to Stand Up for Due Process Your calls, tweets, and emails encouraged Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris to voice their opposition to the Interior spending bill rider that seeks to end our legal fight to protect the Delta from the CA WaterFix debacle. Now it’s time to ask the father of the tunnels, Governor Jerry Brown, what he supports more—his pet project, or the preservation of the rule of law, the right to representation, and due process. When contacting the Governor, please remember to be respectful. In this instance, we are more likely to be heard when speak from [...]
FEDERAL ACTION ALERT: Ask Senator Harris + AG Becerra for Their Position on Delta Tunnels Litigation Ban Rider!
ACTION ALERT: Ask Senator Harris for Her Position on Calvert’s Tunnels Litigation Ban Rider; Tweet Attorney General Becerra On Wednesday, the draft Interior, Environment, and Appropriations spending budget for Fiscal Year 2019 was approved by the full Interior committee and will head to the House floor in the coming days. Yet, the bill will enter the House with a significant change—Representative David Valadao (R-Hanford) added a second rider to the spending bill that would exempt the Central Valley Project and State Water Project from judicial review as well. So how can you help? To start, take the next five minutes to Call Senator Kamala Harris’s D.C. Office and ask for her position on Congressman Calvert’s rider that would ban litigation [...]
FEDERAL ACTION ALERT: House Rider Would Attempt to Void State Litigation on Delta Tunnels; Time to Contact Your Reps!
A rider included in the draft House FY 19 Interior Appropriations bill would exempt CA WaterFix from judicial review, including preempting state law to preclude litigation under state laws. This dangerous precedent would prevent anyone with standing from suing the Delta Tunnels project. The rider states: “SEC. 437. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Final Environmental Impact Report/Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan/California Water Fix (81 Fed. Reg. 96485 (Dec. 30, 2016)) and any resulting agency decision, record of decision, or similar determination shall hereafter not be subject to judicial review under any Federal or State law.” This would affect numerous cases already filed in state and federal courts including state law claims under the [...]
ACTION ALERT: Stand up against the tunnels at the first Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors meeting on May 17!
ACTION ALERT: Stand up against the tunnels at the first Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors meeting on May 17! WHO: Directors from water districts participating in CA WaterFix include Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD), and Alameda County Zone 7 Water Agency, Bay-Delta advocates. WHAT: Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors’ First Meeting; a board agenda can be viewed here. WHERE: Sacramento Public Library, Tsakopoulos Library Galleria 828 I St. Sacramento, CA 95814 WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. On Monday afternoon, the State Water Project Contractors announced the formation of a joint powers authority for the Delta Tunnels. This comes after Santa Clara Valley Water District’s split vote on May [...]
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 [...]
BAY AREA ACTION ALERT: Stand Up Against the Tunnels at Santa Clara Valley Water District May 2nd WHO: Delta advocates, representatives from environmental and public interest groups including Restore the Delta, and Santa Clara Valley Water District board of directors WHAT: Special Board Meeting on California WaterFix WHERE: Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118 WHEN: Wednesday, May 2nd at 5PM With Metropolitan Water District’s big vote to cut a “blank check” for the twin tunnels behind us, the attention now shifts to Santa Clara Valley Water District who have remained tight-lipped about the tunnels project in the months following their October vote to reject the twin tunnels. On Friday, April 27 the Mercury News reported [...]
ACTION ALERT: Help Assemblymember Jim Frazier Abolish the Delta Stewardship Council TOMORROW WHO: Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, Delta advocates WHAT: A hearing to abolish the Delta Stewardship Council and reassign responsibilities to the Delta Protection Commission. WHEN: Tuesday, April 24 at 9AM WHERE: The State Capitol, 1315 10th St B-27, Sacramento, CA 95814, Room 444 Assemblymember Jim Frazier recently penned an op-ed published by the Sacramento Bee calling for the abolishment of the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC). Assemblymember Frazier writes, “In 2009, the Delta Stewardship Council was created to achieve the co-equal goals of providing a more reliable water supply and restoring the Delta’s ecosystem to protect its unique cultural, recreational, natural resource and agricultural [...]
There are a few things you can do to voice your opposition to MWD’s intention to approve funding for the tunnels: 1. Submit a written comment to the MWD Office of the Board of Directors via email voicing your opposition to the phased tunnels project. Be sure to CC the MWD Executive Office and you MUST request that your comment be read into the record of the April 10, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting at 12pm. • Executive Office, Office of the General Manager: [email protected] • Office of the Board of Directors: [email protected] 2. Call the Office of Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti. Please thank him for publicly taking a stand against the twin tunnels and ask him to take [...]
After failing to secure adequate funding for the twin tunnels (CA WaterFix) from Westlands Water District, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and Kern County Water Agency last fall, the leading proponent of the CA WaterFix, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), is preparing their board for a vote on Tuesday to approve funding for the phased-in version of the massive conveyance project. Despite disconcerting findings from a federal audit, a state audit, and a recent PRA request on MWD completed by Restore the Delta, this wounded boondoogle is limping towards approval. That’s why we need YOU to join us at MWD headquarters—next to Union Station—this Tuesday, April 10 at 11AM for a rally and press conference to protest MWD’s [...]