Media Alerts

Major Setback for Gov. Brown’s Delta Tunnels

SACRAMENTO – As reported this afternoon by Maven’s Notebook The Department of Water Resources has sent a letter to the Delta Stewardship Council, formally withdrawing the Department’s certification of consistency for the California Water Fix (Delta Tunnels.) “DWR is hereby withdrawing the Certification of Consistency for California Water Fix that was filed on July 27, 2018.” DWR to DSC Water Fix Consistency Certification 12.7.18 Statement by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director, Restore the Delta: “This is a great day for the Delta Protection Act. We are thrilled about DWR’s withdrawal from the consistency determination process. But the Delta is still in danger. There is this WIIN Act deal between Governor Brown, Senator Feinstein, the GOP Congress, and the Trump Administration. While Feinstein’s staff [...]

San Francisco Bay-Delta Residents Protest Sen. Feinstein’s Water Deal 

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2018 Contact: Julie Light, Food and Water Watch, 510-992-4083 Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta 209-479-2053 San Francisco Bay-Delta Residents Protest Sen. Feinstein’s Water Deal   SAN FRANCISCO – Public interest groups, conservationists, fishermen, and SF Bay-Delta residents delivered a strong message at the San Francisco office of Senator Dianne Feinstein today, “Drop Your Support for the WIIN Act!”  The protesters came from across Northern California to protest Feinstein’s proposed Water Infrastructure Improvement Act for the Nation (WIIN) deal with the Trump Administration and Republican leader Kevin McCarthy. The last-minute rider would be attached to the bill needed to prevent a government shutdown. The Feinstein-McCarthy deal would extend a drought-era waiver of environmental protections for the SF [...]

Restore the Delta Reax: 
Governor Brown Backs WIIN Act in Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, November 30, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053 SACRAMENTO – Outgoing Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a statement in support of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). Response by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, executive director: “In the final days of his term, Governor Brown has once again betrayed the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary and its people. The WIIN Act was supposed to be a two-year emergency measure during extreme drought. That was what we were promised by Senator Feinstein. “Governor Brown supports a renewal of the WIIN ACT that includes backroom deals for how water will be managed in California and continuing to make Delta communities and fisheries the losers. “We [...]

DSC Draft Report Finds CA WaterFix Inconsistent With Delta Plan

For immediate release: 11/9/18 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] SACRAMENTO, CA – Last night, Delta Stewardship Council staff released a draft determination for the CA WaterFix project, which found that the WaterFix is not consistent with the objectives of the Delta Plan. In the staff report, DSC staff states, “In light of claims raised by nine appellant groups, Council staff recommends that the Council conclude that substantial evidence does not exist in the record to support the Department’s [the Department of Water Resources; DWR] findings that California WaterFix is consistent with the Delta Plan. Staff further recommends that the Council remand the matter to the Department for reconsideration, pursuant to Water Code section [...]

Restore the Delta Demands DSC Upholds Delta Plan; Asserts Tunnels Project Does Not Reduce Delta Reliance

For immediate release: October 24, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Restore the Delta Demands DSC Upholds Delta Plan; Asserts Tunnels Project Does Not Reduce Delta Reliance SACRAMENTO, CA – Today at the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) hearing for the Delta tunnels project (or CA WaterFix), environmental and public trust nonprofit Restore the Delta presented a diverse range of research and policy that affirms the tunnels project is not consistent with the objectives or legal mandates of the Delta Reform Act or the Delta Plan. The Delta Reform Act mandates that the state must reduce reliance on the Delta for California’s future water needs. However, the tunnels’ Environmental Impact Report/Statement in addition to [...]

ICYMI: Trump Administration Declares War On The Delta To Save GOP House Seats

For immediate release: October 19, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-475-9550, [email protected] ICYMI: Trump Administration Declares War On The Delta To Save GOP House Seats STOCKTON, CA – Bettina Boxall of the Los Angeles Times reports this afternoon that President Trump has signed off on a plan led by Deputy Secretary of the Interior and former Westlands lobbyist, David Barnhardt, calling for “federal agencies to speed up their environmental review of major water projects in California and to develop plans to suspend or revise regulations that hamper water deliveries.”While the LA Times reports that the directive will have little impact and appears more an effort to support GOP Congressional candidates, Restore the Delta notes that the Valadao and Calvert riders have been placed [...]

ICYMI: Congressman Jeff Denham To Meet With President Trump To Advance Efforts To Thwart Bay-Delta Water Quality

For immediate release: October 15, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-475-9550, [email protected] ICYMI Congressman Jeff Denham To Meet With President Trump To Advance Efforts To Thwart Bay-Delta Water Quality STOCKTON, CA –Politico reporter Annie Snider reports that Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10) will join President Trump in Arizona this afternoon for the signing of a presidential memorandum “aimed at sending more water to farmers in California’s arid Central Valley.” Click here to read Ms. Snider’s article in full. Ms. Snider writes that Representative Denham, who is in a toss up race to hold onto his seat, is one of several San Joaquin Valley GOP incumbents where water supply is a top campaign topic. Restore the Delta’s executive director, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, said regarding Representative [...]

Congressional Efforts To Thwart Bay-Delta Water Quality Plan As Disingenuous As Proclaiming Tunnels Will Save The Delta

For immediate release: October 15, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-475-9550, [email protected] Tim Stroshane, Restore the Delta, 510-847-7556, [email protected] STOCKTON, CA – Last week, Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10) hosted a visit by Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler to discuss using the Clean Water Act as a tool to thwart the Bay-Delta Water Quality Plan, which calls for increased flows to move down the San Joaquin River and its tributaries into the San Francisco Bay-Delta. According to a report in the Manteca Bulletin, Congressman Denham noted in a press release that the “EPA has the authority under the Clean Water Act to stop the plan because it ‘fails to meet the Clean Water Act’s ‘sound, rigorous’ [...]

To Recuse Or Not To Recuse, That is the Question: Delta Stewardship Councilmember Flip-Flops on Recusal from Upcoming Vote

For immediate release: 10/15/18 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-475-9550, [email protected] Tim Stroshane, Restore the Delta, 510-847-7556, [email protected] STOCKTON, CA – Last month, Bethany Pane, Chief Counsel for the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) sent an email to DSC subscribers that three council members recused themselves from the Delta tunnels appeals proceeding, a process related to a vote on the consistency determination, due to potential conflicts of interest. Ms. Pane noted that Council Member Maria Mehranian has worked “for a firm that has submitted a bid to work on a portion of the CA WaterFix project.” On Friday, October 12, 2018, Ms. Pane notified DSC subscribers that Ms. Mehranian was now participating as a voting member in the WaterFix appeal [...]

In Case You Missed It: Dr. Jeff Michael: “New WaterFix Economic Analysis Is Even Worse” Than Originally Though

ICYMI: 9/28/18 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] In Case You Missed It: Dr. Jeff Michael: “New WaterFix Economic Analysis Is Even Worse” Than Originally Thought In his ValleyEcon Blog, Dr. Jeff Michael, Executive Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, explains that that the sea-level rise benefit touted in the recent economic analysis for California WaterFix by the California Department of Water Resources is based on inaccurate assumptions that contradict DWR’s work in other arenas. He writes “I am receiving feedback that the sea-level rise analysis that the Department of Water Resources’ touts as ‘innovative’ assumes WaterFix is operated in ways that harm fish would violate state and federal [...]