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CA DWR Rescinds California Water Fix Bond Resolutions

For Immediate Release: 5/9/19 Contact:Bob Wright, Friends of the River, (916) 442-3155 x207 Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, (209) 479-2053 Sacramento – The California Department of Water Resources has formally rescinded the Bond Resolutions authorizing issuance of almost $9 billion of bonds to pay for the start of construction of the Delta Twin Tunnels. The resolution was adopted on May 7, 2019. DWR’s funding for any new one-tunnel proposal must start from scratch. Attorneys representing conservation, agriculture, and fishing groups today praised this action by DWR. Statement by Bob Wright, Senior Counsel, Friends of the River There is great news now reflecting a complete restart of Department of Water Resources (DWR) planning for Delta water export issues including conveyance. On [...]

DWR Rescinds Delta Twin Tunnel Permit Application; Begins New Process for a Single Tunnel

For Immediate Release: 5/2/19 Contact:  Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] STOCKTON, CA – Today, the California Department of Water Resources withdrew its permit application for California WaterFix (the twin tunnels project) from consideration before the State Water Resources Control Board. They also submitted notice to begin the process for planning a single tunnel conveyance project. These notices fill in some details about an executive order the governor signed on April 29, 2019 directing three state agencies to develop a “comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways through the 21st century.”
 The Water Resilience Portfolio order directs the secretaries of the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food [...]

Gov. Newsom Introduces California Water Resilience Portfolio – Restore the Delta Response

For Immediate Release: 4/29/2019 Contact:  Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Brian Smith, 415-320-9384G STOCKTON, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order late Monday, April 29, directing three state agencies to develop a “comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways through the 21st century.” The Water Resilience Portfolio order directs the secretaries of the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to identify and assess a suite of complementary actions to ensure safe and resilient water supplies, flood protection and healthy waterways for the state’s communities, economy and environment. The portfolio will integrate and build on programs, policies and investments already in place to [...]

ICYMI April 25, 2019 California Water News

Dead fish wash up near $6.3 million passageway designed to protect them. Why didn’t it work? Sacramento Bee 4/25/19 “The optics of the dead fish rotting next to the new facility raises fresh questions about whether habitat restoration programs championed by former Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration, through his controversial Delta tunnels project, will be completed in time to make a difference. The programs are designed to prevent the extinction of numerous species of fish whose plummeting numbers in recent years have lead to wide-ranging cuts to California’s water supply. “The erosion and design problem at the Fremont Weir facility comes after the Department of Water Resources has faced more than two years of withering criticism for allowing problems to fester at [...]

CAL EPA Environmental Justice Event in Stockton 4/29 Secretary Blumenfeld and Stockton Mayor Tubbs to speak

Contact: Daniel Lopez, Office of Mayor Michael Tubbs, 209-292-3516 Kevin Olp, Cal EPA, 916-324-9682 Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053 CAL EPA Environmental Justice Event in Stockton 4/29Secretary Blumenfeld and Stockton Mayor Tubbs to speak WHAT: Planting the Seeds: Stockton’s Environmental TransformationA celebration of the ongoing partnership between the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), Stockton’s vibrant community health and social justice organizations, and the City, to work towards achieving environmental justice in Stockton by sharing and disseminating information regarding environmental concerns and challenges, and by investigating and addressing enforcement and compliance issues affecting Stockton residents. WHO: Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockton Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency Yana Garcia, Assistant Secretary of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs (CalEPA) Joaquin Esquivel, Chair of the [...]

Fourth Annual H2O Hackathon Challenges Students to Use Technology to Protect Californians from Floods

March 15, 2019 019-037: UPDATED H2O Hackathon Advance Contacts: Zack Johnson, (209) 468-4937; Stephen Callahan, (209) 468-9247; Bret States, (209) 468-4961 More students than ever will compete for prize-money totaling $11,000 to develop apps promoting dam safety. San Joaquin County students are back to focus their computer-coding and problem-solving skills on California water issues at the Fourth Annual H2O Hackathon at the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) on Saturday, March 16. This year’s challenge, “What’s the Dam Problem,” focuses on the system of dams providing California with both water storage and protection from flooding by holding back millions of acre-feet of water. Strong, well- maintained dams keep downstream communities safe; technology can make them even safer. Students will [...]

California Groups Issue Bernhardt Warning: Former Lobbyist is Acting on Behalf of Former Clients at Interior

For Immediate Release: 3/11/2018 Contact:Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053Kathryn Phillips, Sierra Club California, 916-557-1100 x 1020Noah Oppenheim, Executive Director, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, 415-561-5080  Sacramento – In a letter sent to Senators Warren, Blumenthal, and Harris today, California water, fishing, environmental organizations and tribal leaders are raising serious ethical questions about acting interior secretary David Bernhardt. A brutal confirmation fight is expected soon in the Senate as President Trump has now nominated Bernhardt to permanently lead the Department of the Interior. Bernhardt has served as deputy secretary since early in the Trump administration, and became acting secretary after Ryan Zinke resigned in December 2018 under an ethical cloud. Bernhardt brings multiple conflicts of interest to this position. [...]

California Water News Roundup 2/15/19

Well that was quite a week in California water news, we had a little bit of everything. Enjoy. Rivers of RainAtmospheric river possible next week for California, raising flood concerns – Mercury NewsDam releases to increase as storm moves into NorCal – KCRABay Area’s biggest storm of 2019 douses, disrupts, damages region – SF Chronicle Bad Drinking WaterEditorial: California’s contaminated drinking water is a disgrace – MercuryNewsom signs bill to provide $131.3 million in emergency relief, including safe water – Fresno BeeTRUE: ‘More than a million Californians’ don’t have clean drinking water … It could be higher – PolitifactNutria Invaders in the Delta and Weasels in DCThey’re big, furry and could destroy the Delta. California has a $2 million plan to kill them – SacBeeTop leader at [...]

Restore the Delta Applauds Bills to Create a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area

For Immediate Release: February 5, 2019 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   Restore the Delta Applauds Bills to Create a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Stockton, CA – Restore the Delta today applauds the introduction of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act in the U.S. Senate today. Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) recently introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. The bill would establish California’s first National Heritage Area, a designation that already exists in many states. The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area provides a great model. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as a National Heritage Area would be managed by the Delta Protection Commission. The bill authorizes $10 million to local governments and nonprofit organizations to develop a [...]

Sen. Dodd Introduces Delta Tunnels Oversight Bill

For Immediate Releease: February 1, 2019 Contact: Paul Payne (707) 576-2093 Sen. Dodd Introduces Delta Tunnels Oversight Bill SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today that will help protect California’s precious water supply and ensure the vitality of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by requiring more legislative oversight and public scrutiny of the state’s twin-tunnels project known as WaterFix. “In years past, there has been too little opportunity for impacted communities to influence this flawed project, which will have a massive impact on the Delta’s environment, the local economy and drinking water quality,” said Sen. Dodd, co-chair of the Legislative Delta Caucus. “This bill will gives the Legislature and Delta residents a place at the table to learn about what’s going on, express concerns and offer solutions that will serve [...]