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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 [...]

Viewpoints: Why I’m still confused about the proposed tunnels in the Delta

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 7, 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 Sacramento Bee Viewpoints: Why I’m still confused about the proposed tunnels in the Delta By Peter Gleick Special to The Bee November 6, 2013 I and my colleagues at the Pacific Institute have worked on California water issues for more than a quarter of a century. It is therefore no surprise that we get asked on a regular basis by friends, journalists and colleagues what we think about the efforts underway to resolve the problems of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and in particular, about the proposed massive tunnel project to divert water from [...]

In case you missed it: California water plan outlines broad goals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 4, 2013 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta In case you missed it… My Desert Sun: California water plan outlines broad goals By Ian James October 31, 2013 The state released a water plan Thursday laying out broad goals for alleviating a list of big problems, among them worsening water scarcity, uncertain water supplies, declining groundwater levels and contaminated drinking water. The California Water Action Plan was prepared after Gov. Jerry Brown directed state agencies to develop a list of priorities during the next five years. While much of the 17-page plan is short on specifics, it summarizes objectives in an attempt to put multiple agencies on the [...]

Peripheral Tunnels Opponents Respond to State’s Draft Action Plan for Water: “Greenwashing the Water Grab”

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 31, 2013 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDeltaPeripheral Tunnels Opponents Respond to State’s Draft Action Plan for Water: “Greenwashing the Water Grab”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 responded to the release by the Brown Administration of a draft “State Action Plan for Water.” Restore the Delta Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla said:“The Brown Administration is deliberately tying together the policies that Restore the Delta and the broader environmental community support for regional water self- sufficiency to the construction of the peripheral tunnels in order to greenwash the water grab. [...]

Water Bond Campaign Source, “Polling showing today that bond that’s on the 2014 ballot would go down pretty dramatically.” Points to Opposition to Damaging Delta as Key Cause

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDeltaWater Bond Campaign Source, “Polling showing today that bond that’s on the 2014 ballot would go down pretty dramatically.” Points to Opposition to Damaging Delta as Key CauseWhat now that Gov. Brown can’t get voters to approve spending billionsto make up for Peripheral Tunnels Damage?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 on the governor to abandon his proposed tunnel. RTD cited the campaign manager, three successful water bonds, statement that the measure would “go down pretty dramatically” due to Delta opposition. [...]

Brown Administration Funding Statewide Propaganda Campaign to Sell Peripheral Tunnels: Community Groups are Paid Agents, PR Firms

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 28, 2013 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Brown Administration Funding Statewide Propaganda Campaign to Sell Peripheral Tunnels: Community Groups are Paid Agents, PR FirmsSTOCKTON, CA – Restore the Delta, opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries today called upon the State of California to cease funding multiple Public Relations firms around the state to sell the governor’s tunnels. “It is outrageous that taxpayers are paying for a statewide propaganda campaign for these unnecessary tunnels. These front groups have not disclosed that funding when pumping the tunnels. It’s unacceptable, especially since the State [...]

Stockton School Students Create Display: The Death of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – R.I.P. Save the Delta – Stop the Tunnels!

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 24, 2013 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053; [email protected];Twitter: @RestoretheDeltaStockton School Students Create Display: The Death of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – R.I.P. Save the Delta – Stop the Tunnels!STOCKTON, CA – Students from grades four through eight at Stockton’s Kohl Open School, have created a Day of the Dead altar (“ofrendas”) to honor the life of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and caution of its possible demise if the proposed diversion tunnels are built and water is diverted under, rather than through the Delta. The altar is on display at the Mexican Heritage Center in Stockton. To view the altar, click here.A replica of La Llorona is placed in the [...]