Media Alerts

CA State Water Board issues “Denial of Request for Reconsideration” on Delta Plan Implementation

For Immediate Release: 9/23/22 Contact:Rica Garcia, Environmental Law Clinic, Stanford Law School, (408) 398-4278, [email protected]; Matt Holmes, Little Manila Rising, 415-254-3546, [email protected] Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected], CA – Represented by the Environmental Law Clinic at Stanford, California Tribes and Delta environmental justice organizations this week received a Denial of Request for Reconsideration from the State Water Resources Control Board in response to the coalition’s Request for Reconsideration of the Board decision in June 2022 of denying the coalition’s Petition to Review and Revise the Bay-Delta Water Quality Standards.   The Request urged the Board to address its decades-long failure to update water quality standards as required under state and federal law and its failure to set forth a pathway to remedy the discriminatory effects of that inaction on Indigenous Peoples, communities of color, and [...]

Sunday Roundup: Delta Tunnel Action Alert + Future Delta Leaders Symposium

The proposed Tunnel is a 1995 answer to new challenges California faces in 2022.At the end of July, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) dropped the environmental impact report (EIR) on the proposed Delta Conveyance Project. While the Newsom Administration is wasting time and failing to solve serious problems in the present, RTD is busy tackling the massive EIR document for the latest version of the tunnel. We are focusing on operations, climate change, water quality, agricultural impacts, some fishery impacts, flood control, environmental justice, air pollution, and anything that degrades Delta communities. How You Can Help:There will be several official EIR public meetings sponsored by DWR and the DCA during September.Below you will find instructions from DWR on how to make a three-minute virtual [...]

Delta Flows: California surface waters are in peril, and all we got is this lousy tunnel.

By: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla Tunnel Trauma: Despite knowing for some time that the Delta Conveyance Project (DCP) was advancing, when the Department of Water Resources (DWR) dropped the environmental impact report (EIR) for the project at the end of July, we, at Restore the Delta, felt like we were suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. The remnants of CalFed, the Chunnel, BDCP, CA WaterFix, and now the DCP – it is too much. There are so many other issues that need attention to restore the health of the Bay-Delta estuary and California’s rivers, including but not limited to harmful algal bloom research and mitigation, fishery health, habitat restoration, flood control, drought management, preparing for climate change impacts, managing invasive species, heat islands, [...]

CA Tribes and Delta Environmental Justice groups ask State Water Board to Reconsider Delta Plan

For Immediate Release: 8/23/22 Sacramento, CA – Represented by the Environmental Law Clinic at Stanford, California Tribes and environmental justice organizations have sent a formal Request for Reconsideration of the State Water Resources Control Board decision in June of this year denying their Petition to review and update water quality standards for the Bay-Delta.   The Request points out the serious deficiencies in the Board’s decision, including its failure to address the Board’s decades-long neglect of its duty to update water quality standards and its failure to set forth a pathway to remedy the discriminatory effects of that inaction on Indigenous Peoples and disadvantaged communities in the Delta. “The State Water Board has made a public commitment to addressing the State sponsored racial inequity baked [...]

Restore the Delta presents “Where the Future Flows: Next Generation Visioning for the Delta,” a virtual symposium on October 13th and 14th. 

This symposium will be led by panelists who are roughly 30 and under. This event will cover various Environmental Justice related topics, such as climate change mitigation as opportunity, Harmful Algal Blooms, EJ communities, public access, cultural and historical resources, and water quality and how they fit in Delta planning. It is vital that we build a base on current issues at home and make sure that the next generation is involved in planning. The event itself will help give voices to the next generation of Delta leaders, including their own concerns for their future and their concerns for the Delta. The plan is to collect data and empower our region by encouraging discussion and inquiry on the above topics.  The symposium will be a [...]

Delta Flows 8/12/22: On Governor Newsom’s “Hotter, Drier” Water Supply Strategy

– Tim Stroshane, RTD policy analyst We got the news early Thursday when the Los Angeles Times reported that Governor Gavin Newsom had released a plan to deal with California’s aridification. Might be a new approach!  Newsom, however, did not anticipate the same day the institutional death of 21,000 captive fish under study at the University of California, Davis. Ironically, it appears scientists there were studying these fishes’ response to “environmental stressors.” Chlorine introduced into their “environment” was apparently the cause of their death en mass. “An example of research that was being conducted at CABA involved the investigation of bioenergetics and environmental stressors on fish species, which included green and white sturgeon, as well as endangered Chinook salmon,” reads the university’s media [...]

RTD on Governor Newsom’s New Water Supply Strategy

For Immediate Release: 8/11/22Contact:Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected], CA – Today, Governor Newsom released a significant new water plan “California’s Water Supply Strategy: Adapting to a Hotter, Drier Future.”Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director, Restore the Delta, said:“The California water supply strategy document released by the Newsom administration today is a step in the right direction. “We are happy to see that many issues we have expressed concern about are being addressed. The challenge in California continues to be the execution of the plans. How do we hold ourselves accountable? How do we actually meet the standards that we set? “We will continue to monitor the planning and implementation of the described projects in this high-level document. We also maintain the voluntary agreements and the [...]

ICYMI 8/10/22 Aridification Impacts being felt in the Bay-Delta

Two Bay-Delta stories on the same day show an estuary in crisis. Lack of freshwater flow is the cause. In dry California, salty water creeps into key waterways – AP 8/8/22They may be close by, but these two rivers, central arms of California’s water system, have become too salty to use in some places as the state’s punishing drought drags on.In dry winters like the one California just had, less fresh water flows down from the mountains into the Sacramento River, the state’s largest. That allows saltier water from Pacific Ocean tides to push farther into the state’s main water hub, known as the Delta. It helps supply water to two-thirds of the state’s 39 million people and to farms that grow fruits [...]

Delta Tunnel (VER 2022.1) Draft EIR released; Restore the Delta reax 

For Immediate Release: 7/26/22 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected], Calif. – Today the California Department of Water Resources released their Draft Environmental Impact Report on the Delta Conveyance (Delta Tunnel) Project. Versions of this massive public works proposal have roiled California water policy since it was first rejected by California voters in 1982 as the Peripheral Canal.Restore the Delta’s executive director, Barbara-Barrigan Parrilla said: “This plan is so massive, it will be delivered to us on thumb-drive. A full review of this mountain of paper is simply not possible for Delta communities, environmental justice groups, or Northern California tribes in just 90-days. “As we read, we will be looking for answers to the questions we raised during our work with the Stakeholder Engagement [...]

California Department of Water Resources to Release Draft Environmental Impact Report For The Delta Conveyance Project This Week

For Release: 7/25/22Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Stockton, Calif.– Restore the Delta received word over the weekend that the Department of Water Resources will be releasing their Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) early this week for the Delta Conveyance Project. Documents for federal review of the project will be released later this fall.Comment from Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla:“We hold little faith that the Draft EIR will address any of the questions and concerns we raised repeatedly during our work with the Stakeholder Engagement Committee for the Design Construction Authority during that two-year tunnel planning process. To address our numerous questions around water quality, salinity intrusion, and pollution mitigation, DWR would not only have to speak about the sacrifices required by the [...]