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Tunnels critics blast Congressional move to suspend Endangered Species Act to favor Westlands, Kern mega-growers during drought

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Tunnels critics blast Congressional move to suspend Endangered Species Act to favor Westlands, Kern mega-growers during drought The move to push forward legislation by Congressman Devin Nunes, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, and Congressman David Valadao, with the support of House Speaker John Boehner, to allow the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta pumps to operate “as long as water is available” in a drought is nothing more than a blatant, short-sighted water grab, fueled by years of political contributions from huge growers in the Westlands Water District and the Kern County Water Agency to these Central Valley Congressional Representatives. Furthermore, we find it [...]

LA Times: Drought offers an opportunity to consider water policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta In case you missed it… Los Angeles Times Drought offers an opportunity to consider water policy California must prepare to capture and store water to be used during future, inevitable shortages. George Skelton Capitol Journal 6:01 PM PST, January 19, 2014 SACRAMENTO — So it’s official: We are in a serious drought. That means this: Next comes serious flooding. But we’ll still be in a declared drought. That’s just the nature of California weather patterns — and water politics. A drought proclamation, as issued by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, changes the political climate. It focuses public attention on [...]

Our Response to Drought Declaration: California Can’t Tunnel its Way Out of Drought Conditions, Highlighting Need for Sustainable Solution, Tunnels of no use in dry years

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 17, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta California Can’t Tunnel its Way Out of Drought Conditions, Highlighting Need for Sustainable Solution Tunnels of no use in dry years; California should use $60 billion for sustainable water solutions, not build tunnels that won’t add one drop Sacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to Gov. Brown’s drought declaration by calling for him to abandon the tunnels as a flawed solution for a drought-plagued state. RTD criticized the tunnels as an outdated, inappropriate solution to California’s [...]

Young, Diverse Community Leaders, Job Developers Call for Ending Push to Build Peripheral Tunnels, Invest in Clean Water for all California Communities, Sustainable Jobs, Alternative Water Solutions

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 16, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDeltaYoung, Diverse Community Leaders, Job Developers Call for Ending Push to Build Peripheral Tunnels, Invest in Clean Water for all California Communities, Sustainable Jobs, Alternative Water SolutionsListen to the audio recording of our press conference for 1/16/2014: Sacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would cost up to $70 billion, drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today held a news conference at the State Capitol, during which young, diverse, community leaders and job developers called upon the governor to abandon the tunnels and invest instead in clean [...]

Drought Tele-News Conference: Listen to tele-news conference

California cannot tunnel its way out of drought conditions! Listen to the tele-news conference featuring Jonas Minton, Tom Stokely, John Herrick, Dr. Jeff Michael, Bill Jennings, and Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla.

California Can’t Tunnel its Way Out of Drought Conditions Highlighting Need for Sustainable Solution

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 13, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta California Can’t Tunnel its Way Out of Drought Conditions Highlighting Need for Sustainable Solution Tunnels of no use in dry years; California should use $70 billion for sustainable water solutions, not build tunnels that won’t add one drop Sacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD), and opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today called the tunnels a flawed solution for a drought-plagued state. The experts criticized the tunnels as an outdated, inappropriate solution to California’s water challenges, one that would create no new water, be [...]

Media Advisory for Monday 1/13/14: Can California Tunnel its Way Out of Drought? Experts to Examine Drought’s Impacts

Media Advisory for Monday, January 13, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDeltaCan California Tunnel its Way Out of Drought? Experts to Examine Drought’s Impacts What should California do to respond to drought conditions? Should California use $70 billion for sustainable water solutions or use it to build tunnels that won’t add one drop?Sacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, announced today they will hold a teleconference on Monday, Jan. 13, during which experts will examine the tunnels’ as a flawed solution for a drought-plagued state. The experts will criticize the tunnels [...]

Call for Additional Time to Respond to Massive $67 Billion BDCP Plan

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Peripheral Tunnels Opponents Call for Additional Time to Respond to Massive $67 Billion BDCP Plan STOCKTON, CA – Restore the Delta, opponents of Gov. Brown’s Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today called for the Brown Administration to extend the time for citizens to comment on the massive Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the project. Restore the Delta Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla said: “The Brown Administration is providing citizens insufficient time to respond to its nearly 40,000-page project proposal. It is impossible to fully review the massive EIR/EIS documents [...]

Media Release: Delta Fish Hammered Yet Again: Fall Midwater Trawl Results Reveal Continued Biological Collapse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 In case you missed it…For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 6, 2014 Contact: Bill Jennings, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance 209-464-5067; cell 938-9053; email, [email protected]e.com; website, www.calsport.org Delta Fish Hammered Yet Again: Fall Midwater Trawl Results Reveal Continued Biological CollapseThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has released the results of the 2013 Fall Midwater Trawl (FMWT), which reconfirms the continuing biological collapse that is occurring in the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta Estuary. The FMWT conducts monthly surveys from September through December at 100 index stations in the Delta. The results reveal that populations of Delta smelt, striped bass and American shad declined from the disastrous levels of last year while longfin smelt [...]