Media Alerts

Delta Flows: The Delta Conveyance Project, From Bad to Worse

We didn’t think it could be possible – that the change from twin tunnels to a single tunnel could net a Delta Conveyance Project that is even worse for the Delta than California WaterFix.  But alas, the Newsom Administration’s rogue agency, the Department of Water Resources, has managed to take a bad idea and make it even worse. Before we share details of a recent coalition letter explicating how the Delta Conveyance Project fails in the present, let’s linger for a moment on why DWR is a rogue department in California government.While other boards, agencies, commissions, and government entities, in an attempt to improve equity in outreach are expanding who they bring to the table to deal with Delta planning issues [...]

10/17 Sunday Roundup: Address changes, TikTok, Trump’s Biological Opinion, and Carbon Sequestration

Update your address books!We know, we know. Another address change? We are now at 515 E Main St, Stockton, CA 95202.This time our address has changed as Via Ventures has moved next door.Since closing our permanent office due to COVID-19 last summer, we use Via as our safe and secure mailing service. They have expanded their office space and we are thrilled for them, but this means another address change for us.Don’t worry – this is the last one for a while. ;) Check our latest TikTok on water qualityOur Climate Water Advocates Gloria and Darius have been busy testing water quality and making TikToks to share with our followers. They went out with our partners at San Francisco Baykeeper and [...]

Delta Flows: DWR’s inability to take one solid action to protect the Delta

By: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla The Department of Water Resources continues to fail in its management of the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. From its creation of a long-term water export operations plan based on the inaccurate fake corrupted Trump biological opinions written by former Westlands’ lobbyists, (now being rewritten by Federal agencies), to the voluntary agreements that will short the Delta of even more freshwater flows, to a new version of the Delta tunnel that will list major impacts as outside the project footprint for expediency, DWR consistently fails to put Delta health or communities first. Case in point: DWR is pursuing an effort to leave the saltwater barrier in place this fall.  Even though the current permit requires complete removal of the [...]

Join us on 10/21 for a virtual Dine and Learn event: Carbon Sequestration in the Delta!

Join Restore the Delta’s first virtual session in our Dine & Learn series on October 21, 2021 at 6:00 PM.    Research is showing that, in order to avoid disruptive climate change, we need to capture carbon dioxide from large sources and from the atmosphere and store it thousands of feet underground.    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists, Briana Schmidt and George Peridas have collectively spent decades studying the technologies involved and will be providing an overview of how they work, the science behind them, their risks and benefits, and how Delta residents and communities can evaluate proposed projects.Speakers include Tom Zuckerman (Delta farmer and water expert), Matt Holmes (Environmental Justice Director, Little Manila Rising), Briana Schmidt (Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Lab), and George [...]

Restore the Delta’s Resignation from the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority Stakeholder Engagement Committee

When our good faith efforts produce no results and are met with resistance, Restore the Delta will shift and move into a new direction to ensure that the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary is protected and restored for future generations. We have, therefore, resigned from the Stakeholder Engagement Committee, for the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority.  We simply could not move the Department of Water Resources to work on true problem solving for the estuary.  Read our letter to learn more.

DELTA FLOWS 9/19/21 The Window Dressing of Environmental Justice in Delta Tunnel Planning

– Tim Stroshane, Policy Analyst, Restore the Delta If the California Department of Water Resources says it, it must be official: “Most of the Delta qualifies as an environmental justice community,” said DWR environmental program manager Carrie Buckman at last Thursday evening’s Delta Conveyance Project Environmental Justice webinar. It was a welcome statement of a fact that Restore the Delta documented five years ago.  The event was sponsored by the DWR and was the last of four such webinars this summer. More than 100 people attended mid-program, and there were still about 75 by the start of the Q&A portion of the agenda ninety minutes in. It was clear from the webinar that DWR intended to limit the scope of environmental justice [...]

DELTA FLOWS: About a Cosmonaut and the Delta Conveyance Project

by Tim Stroshane, Policy Analyst, Restore the DeltaAfter the Wednesday evening “climate change” edition webinar for the Delta Conveyance Project presented by the California Department of Water Resources, I found myself remembering the Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. In the spring of 1967, Komarov gave his life for the Soviet space “team.” When I was nine and a half, the Soviet Union sent Komarov into space in Soyuz 1, even though the Soviet leadership of their space agency and the political class knew that its rocket and space capsule had numerous design flaws that were not resolved before launch. Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet Premier at the time, wanted the mission to happen before May 1, 1967, the 50th anniversary of the Russian Revolution [...]

Delta Flows: The Delta Conveyance Project, Texas-Style

For decades, Anti-California sentiment has been part of American media news coverage, which sadly too often measures state success only in terms of corporate success. The trope, “what is wrong with California,” does not evaluate the societal, environmental, and economic outcomes that would improve the quality of life for working people within our state. It places two segments of an incomplete narrative side-by-side for consideration: a state can succeed through corporate growth, or it can fail. Corporate responsibility is never delineated when the media frames the story as to whether corporations are thriving or failing in California. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times about AECOM moving its headquarters to Dallas accurately asserts that “Texas state officials have for years been trying to lure [...]

Delta Conveyance Project Update 8/13/21

by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla (with the help of friends) Last week, while our staff was away on leave, vacation, sick time, and other assorted in-Delta activities, DWR held a fisheries workshop on operations of the proposed Delta Conveyance Project. Colleagues from various organizations took an array of notes and shared the following with us. We are editing their notes to share with our followers, with a bit of color commentary; otherwise, we wouldn’t be acting like ourselves.  The webinar presentation indicates that the agencies are proposing several changes in operations of the Delta tunnel compared to WaterFix, and these changes are grounded in wholly inadequate operational criteria. The project may have moved from two tunnels to one, but the operating conditions for water quality [...]

Environmental, Tribal, and Fishing groups oppose so-called “Voluntary Agreements” for the Bay-Delta

For Immediate Release: 8/5/21 Contact: Tim Stroshane, Restore the Delta, 510-847-7556, [email protected] SACRAMENTO – On August 3rd, Restore the Delta signed on to an environmental water coalition letter to all 120 state legislators—40 in the state senate, and 80 in the assembly—opposing Governor Gavin Newsom’s requests for nearly half a billion dollars in funding to the state budget for “voluntary agreements” (or VAs) concerning Sacramento River flows and water quality objectives.  A total of 21 environmental, tribal, and fishing groups joined in signing the letter. The letter informs legislators that the voluntary agreements process is “woefully inadequate.”Read a Defenders of Wildlife brackgrounder on the VAs here. Voluntary Agreements or Regulatory Delay Tactic? Begun in December 2018 as a delaying tactic by senior water right holders, and supported [...]