Media Alerts

Articles of interest for 12/11/13

Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) Now Available for Public Review and Comment Public Meetings:  for complete list click here You are invited to attend one of the twelve public meetings being held throughout California in January and February 2014 to learn more about the Draft BDCP and Draft EIR/EIS, and submit comments. The meeting times and location are listed below, or you can download a PDF copy of the meeting schedule on the How to Comment fact sheet. Radio:  12/10/13 KQED Forum Latest Delta Plan Opens Floodgates for More Debate, Controversy The Brown administration released an environmental study on Monday of its $25 billion plan that includes two massive tunnels to move water from Northern California to other [...]

Newspaper articles of interest from 12/9/13 BDCP Release

Newspaper articles of interest from 12/9/13 BDCP Release Delta water tunnel plan presents California with tough choices By Matt Weiser – Published: 12:00 am (Photos) A formal draft of the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan was released to the public Monday, raising many questions about river flows, wildlife habitat and the future of rural towns in the Sacramento San  Joaquin Delta… California: Details of massive $25 billion water plan released by Jerry Brown … San Jose Mercury News – 4 hours ago Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels that would make it easier to move water from Northern California to farms in the Central Valley, and cities in Silicon Valley and the Los Angeles area, reached a milestone Monday with the … Delta [...]

BDCP Response at Santa Clara Valley Water District on Dec 9th.

Here are some videos of our response to Secretary John Laird’s presentation to the Santa Clara Valley Water District on Dec. 9th. Restore the Delta, Jane Wagner-Tack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxXIT0_gB9Q Restore the Delta, Michael Frost: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obDxWcJreb8 Concerned flyfisher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWta3qD6HUY Outside statement from RTD, FGF, F&WW, EWC:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvT79Nzjt8A

Farmers, Fishermen, Environmentalists & Consumers Launch Campaign Against BDCP Tunnels: Too Costly, Create No New Water, Better Solutions Available

CALIFORNIANS FOR A FAIR WATER POLICY No Wasteful Water Projects No Tunnels! http://www.stopthetunnels.org For Immediate Release Monday, December 9, 2013 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected] Twitter: @shopcraft; Contacts for all participating groups below. Farmers, Fishermen, Environmentalists & Consumers Launch Campaign Against BDCP Tunnels: Too Costly, Create No New Water, Better Solutions Available $50 billion Boondoggle – Urban Families & Businesses Pay for West Side San Joaquin Valley Mega-Growers’ Water Sacramento, CA – Californians for a Fair Water Policy, a statewide coalition opposing Gov. Brown’s water export tunnels, today launched a statewide campaign by their members (Restore the Delta, Food & Water Watch, Environmental Water Caucus, AquAlliance, Friends of the River, California Water Impact Network, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, and Southern [...]

Media Advisory: Farmers, Fishermen, Taxpayers, Environmentalists & Consumer Advocates to Oppose Governor’s Water Export Tunnels: Too Costly, Creates No New Water, Better Solutions Available

CALIFORNIANS FOR A FAIR WATER POLICY No Wasteful Water Projects No Tunnels! http://www.stopthetunnels.org Media Advisory for Monday, December 9, 2013 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected] Twitter: @shopcraft Farmers, Fishermen, Taxpayers, Environmentalists & Consumer Advocates to Oppose Governor’s Water Export Tunnels: Too Costly, Creates No New Water, Better Solutions Available $50 billion Boondoggle – Urban Families & Businesses Pay for West Side San Joaquin Valley Mega-Growers’ Water Californians for a Fair Water Policy, a statewide coalition opposing Gov. Brown’s water export tunnels, announced today that their members (Restore the Delta, Food & Water Watch, Environmental Water Caucus, Friends of the River, Winnemem Wintu Tribe, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, Southern California Watershed Alliance, and Endangered Species Coalition) will join with elected leaders, [...]

Article of Interest: BDCP needs $1.2 billion more for planning alone!

Dear Friends, We thought that you would enjoy this article of interest from the Sacramento Bee. “Delta water tunnel project needs $1.2 billion more for planning” –Sacramento Bee /Merced Sun Star  — “Known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the proposal calls for two huge tunnels, 40 feet in diameter and 35 miles long, that would divert freshwater out of the …” Click here to read the full story. We look forward to seeing you at the rallies next week. Restore the Delta staff

Restore the Delta Release Charts: Urban Ratepayers Get the Higher Bill, Huge Agribusiness Gets More Water

For Immediate Release: Friday, December 6, 2013 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Water Tunnels Opponents Release Charts: Urban Ratepayers Get the Higher Bill, Huge Agribusiness Gets More Water Call on Gov. Brown not to Force Families, Businesses to Pay for Billionaire Growers STOCKTON, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD) today released water export tracking tables showing that urban users get just 31% of the water, while huge agribusiness in the Westlands, Kern and other districts get 35% of water exports. The tables show a ten-year-average of the amount of water exported from the Delta to water agencies south of the Delta pumps. “Urban water rate payers in the Santa Clara Valley [...]

Contra Costa Times editorial: Why California water debate is going nowhere fast

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 26, 2013Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDeltaIn case you missed it…Contra Costa Times editorial: Why California water debate is going nowhere fastContra Costa Times editorial © 2013 Bay Area News GroupNovember 22, 2013“… Why has the debate focused on the conveyance system instead of this basic question? Follow the money.“Central Valley agriculture interests and Southern California water districts are footing the bill for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, basically the tunnel plan that is backed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The farmers and water users would pay for most of the $25 billion project, so they want to guarantee as large a reliable water supply as possible. The [...]

Peripheral Tunnels Opponents Respond to USGS Report on Subsidence: Tunnels will do NOTHING to Address Threat to Valley; Water Takers Weren’t Supposed to Plant Permanent Crops

For Immediate Release: Friday, November 22, 2013 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Peripheral Tunnels Opponents Respond to USGS Report on Subsidence: Tunnels will do NOTHING to Address Threat to Valley; Water Takers Weren’t Supposed to Plant Permanent Crops STOCKTON, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to the release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) of a report on land subsidence in the Central Valley. RTD notes that the Brown Administration’s water export tunnels would do nothing to address this threat to the Central Valley. Restore the Delta Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla [...]

Peripheral Tunnel Opponents Ask: “Why Would We Trust Deadbeat State Agencies to Pay Billions for Seized Farmland, Habitat When They Don’t Pay for Lands Already Bought?”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 14, 2013 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft & @mrsandhillcrane Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Peripheral Tunnel Opponents Ask: “Why Would We Trust Deadbeat State Agencies to Pay Billions for Seized Farmland, Habitat When They Don’t Pay for Lands Already Bought?” Brown Administration Agencies Owe Counties Millions of Dollars Sacramento, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to news reports in The Sacramento Bee and on Capital Public Radio that the State of California has failed to pay for land it acquired from thirty-six counties. This report of defaulted payments comes as the State [...]