Tunnel Opposition Editorials

California’s Real “Fix” for Affordable Water

By: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Mr. Gary Brown, Director for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), address government water leaders from an assortment of California’s state and local water agencies about how Detroit reworked policies to address water affordability issues—a strategy that has led to 95% of Detroit’s water customers now paying their monthly water bills on time. While there are numerous differences between how a water-rich area like Detroit and an arid region like Los Angeles County can manage water availability, distribution, and rates, Mr. Brown described an ethos that is sorely lacking in water management throughout California. Mr. Brown said, and I am paraphrasing here, that while the Detroit Water and Sewerage [...]

Tunnel Supporters Push to Raise Water Bills Based on Nostalgia, Not Facts

The big Metropolitan Water District of Southern California vote is tomorrow. Here are some great reads and responses to recent actions by Southern California water and business interests to push the Delta Tunnels forward.    Dr. Jeffrey Michael responded to the L.A. Times Editorial Board's push for the Delta Tunnels at the Valley Economy blog, "In the nation's poorest big city, tunnel supporters push to raise water bills based on nostalgia instead of facts."    San Diego Union Tribune Editorial Board disagreed with the L.A. Times Editorial Board and published, "Why Gov. Brown’s water tunnels plan may be doomed."  The San Jose Mercury News Editorial Board did the same, read their editorial, "California audit shows twin-tunnel WaterFix is broken beyond [...]

Editorial: Now Gov. Brown threatens to force us to pay for Delta Tunnels?

Excerpt: “For six years we’ve been saying the tunnels are no solution to California’s water crisis. The “WaterFix” looks like a WaterGrab, ultimately creating the massive capacity to flush Delta water into Southern California, regardless of what Brown says now. Claiming they won’t succumb to the pressure to send more water south ignores the long history of California water politics.”

Editorial: Gov. Brown — don’t demand a decision on the delta tunnels

The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board wrote, “Without a formal agreement setting out how much water would cost, what responsible board would vote?”

NEWS: Delta Tunnels lawsuits filed & more!

We are pursuing the Delta Stewardship Council lawsuit, and we will be involved in other litigation, as there will be many, many lawsuits.   We are grateful to NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), Golden Gate Salmon Association, Defenders of Wildlife & The Bay Institute for their leadership with this lawsuit. It's a team effort, and these are some of our best partners. With gratitude.   Environmentalists, fishing groups file lawsuits to block Delta tunnels plan San Jose Mercury News, 6/29/2017 (Also reported in Sacramento Bee, Fresno Bee, Stockton Record, Oroville Mercury Register)   In case you missed it, more great stories on the Delta Tunnels:     Editorial: Stop the $17 billion Delta twin-tunnel water grab  San Jose Mercury News Editorial [...]

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