Media Alerts

Media Alert: KFCF Fresno “State Weighs Cost and Benefit of Bay Delta Plan”

Media Alert, December 29, 2013 The Pacifica Evening News State Weighs Cost and Benefit of Bay Delta Plan Click here to listen or download. New figures say the true cost of building the twin tunnels to ship water to Central Valley farmers and Southern California cities would be more than double the current 25 billion dollar estimate. Earlier this month the California Resources Agency released the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The thirty-four thousand page document details a plan touted to provide a reliable water supply for the state, while restoring the impaired ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Delta. The centerpiece is a conveyance system of two giant tunnels to channel water under the Delta and into the state [...]

Media Alert: KFCF Fresno “State Weighs Cost and Benefit of Bay Delta Plan”

Media Alert, December 29, 2013 The Pacifica Evening News State Weighs Cost and Benefit of Bay Delta Plan Click here to listen or download. New figures say the true cost of building the twin tunnels to ship water to Central Valley farmers and Southern California cities would be more than double the current 25 billion dollar estimate. Earlier this month the California Resources Agency released the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The thirty-four thousand page document details a plan touted to provide a reliable water supply for the state, while restoring the impaired ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Delta. The centerpiece is a conveyance system of two giant tunnels to channel water under the Delta and into the state [...]

Article of Interest: Delta tunnels plan’s true price tag: As much as $67 billion

Article of Interest for December 26, 2013 San Jose Mercury News Delta tunnels plan’s true price tag: As much as $67 billion By Paul Rodgers For more than a year, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has been describing his plan to build two massive water tunnels through the Delta as a $25 billion project. That would rank it as one of the largest public works plans in California history. But when factoring in long-term financing costs, the price tag actually ranges from $51 billion to $67 billion, according to new figures that emerged last month. While there’s nothing unusual about long-term debt to finance big projects, the new numbers suggest for the first time that the interest payments for the controversial [...]

LA Times: Shaky rationale behind Brown tunnel plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 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… The Los Angeles Times Shaky rationale behind Brown tunnel plan Promoters of a $25-billion plumbing project say a major quake could topple levees. Experts find holes in that argument. By George Skelton Capitol Journal December 15, 2013, 5:42 p.m. SACRAMENTO — Maybe I’ve watched the movie “Chinatown” too many times, but a major justification for digging Gov. Jerry Brown’s massive water tunnels just seems suspicious. Brown’s not creating a drought by dumping water in the ocean and poisoning wells, as Noah Cross (John Huston) does in the classic film inspired by Los Angeles’ draining [...]

Restore the Delta: News, Radio, & Cartoons of Interest

Sac Bee Cartoon 12/15/13  Field Day (click to enlarge)                 SF Chronicle Cartoon 12/15/13 (click to enlarge)                 Restore the Delta:  News of Interest  12/16/13   Listen to:  Twin Tunnels Protest KGO-810am 5pm SF, CA 12-13-2013 Brown’s top water official to retire Sacramento Bee Shaky rationale behind Brown tunnel plan Los Angeles Times A catastrophic earthquake could topple current levees, flood the delta and cut off much of the fresh water supply to Central and Southern California for months, … Hard truths about California’s water future  LA Times Editorial12/15/13 First, the state must act to stave off disaster. Second, no one will get all the water they want. The [...]

Valley Economy: Comparing the Financial Hole in the Delta Water Tunnels Plan to High-Speed Rail

FOR  IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 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… Jeff Michael’s Valley Economy Blog Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Comparing the Financial Hole in the Delta Water Tunnels Plan to High-Speed Rail A comment I made comparing the tunnels to high speed rail was printed in the San Jose Mercury News, “The financial hole in this is at least as large as the financial hole in the high-speed rail plan.”  People are interested in the comparison between these so-called legacy projects, so here are some of the simple calculations behind the statement. In both cases, the “hole” in the capital financing for the project is an unrealistic projection [...]

Media Advisory: Opponents to Rally Against Governor’s Water Export Tunnels as Public Comment Period Begins: Our Comment “No Tunnels!

CALIFORNIANS FOR A FAIR WATER POLICY No Wasteful Water Projects No Tunnels! http://www.stopthetunnels.org Media Advisory for Friday, December 13, 2013 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected] Twitter: @shopcraft Opponents to Rally Against Governor’s Water Export Tunnels as Public Comment Period Begins: Our Comment “No Tunnels!” Friday, December 13, North Steps, State Capitol, 12:00 pm “Death of the Delta” Coffin; Scores of Opposing Groups Californians for a Fair Water Policy, a statewide coalition opposing Gov. Brown’s water export tunnels, announced today that their statewide coalition will rally at the State Capitol on Friday, December 13 as the Brown Administration’s proposed project is published in the Federal Register opening the public comment period. Opponents will point out expected damage to water, the environment, [...]

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