Do CA DWR “Hearings” Actually Listen?

by Tim Stroshane, Policy Analyst, Restore the Delta The concrete-walled room was intimate and windowless, with chairs arranged into several rows facing toward a screen onto which a slide projector beamed DWR’s PowerPoint presentation. Placed in each corner was an easel with large displays for different facets of the State Water Project system. Each easel had a DWR staff person standing with it. To the side was a table where a court reporter sat with a laptop into which she would pour words stated at the event. There would be no questions or statements made in front of the assembled public this agency nominally serves.A “public meeting” held by DWR on May 13, 2019 once more illustrates that DWR officials [...]

Governor Newsom Ends Twin Tunnels Restore the Delta Responds

For Immediate Release: 2/12/19 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, [email protected]   Governor Newsom Ends Twin TunnelsRestore the Delta Responds Stockton, CA – At the State Capitol in Sacramento, Governor Gavin Newsom gave his first State of the State Address today. In a highly-anticipated decision, Governor Newsom pulled the plug on the decade-long proposal known as the California Water Fix (Twin Tunnels.) On water issues, Governor Newsom said: “There are no easy answers. But let me be as clear as I can be. I do not support, the WaterFix as currently configured, meaning I don’t support the Twin Tunnels.” Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta responds: “We are grateful to Governor Newsom for listening to the people of the [...]

Brave Delta Souls, Good News, But Crucial Work To Finish

We recognize that we are guilty of over communication with you all presently. But these next two weeks are crucial for running down the clock on the Brown Administration and for stopping a bad water bargain via Senator Feinstein’s WIIN Act. We have to ensure that plans are not put in place that are immediately detrimental to the Delta in exchange for even worse plans — the Delta tunnels. But we have made significant progress with the California Department of Water Resources withdrawing its consistency determination from the Delta Stewardship Council to rework outstanding concerns around California WaterFix. This is an important victory for our coalition, including the City of Stockton, San Joaquin County, Central Delta Water Agency, Local Agencies of [...]

ICYMI: Brown Hints at “Big Water Deal” in Next 30 Days

In Case You Missed It: Secret Negotiations on Bay-Delta Plan Unfolding as Brown Hints at Major Water Announcement in Next 30 Days It’s been a busy week at Restore the Delta. Here’s what you need to know: Newsom and Brown wade into California water wars to delay plan to help fish – Ryan Sabalow for The Sacramento Bee “Gov. Jerry Brown and incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom have waded in one of California’s fiercest water wars, prompting state regulators to delay a key vote on a proposal meant to help struggling salmon and steelhead trout. “In a letter Tuesday to the California State Water Resources Board, Brown and Newsom urged it to postpone consideration of proposed regulations to give the various [...]

Community Friends to Give a Final Farewell to Alex Spanos

It is with heavy hearts that the Spanos family announced the death of Alexander Gus Spanos, founder of A.G. Spanos Companies and owner of the Chargers NFL Franchise. Alex passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on the morning of Tuesday, October 9, 2018. He was 95. The Spanos Family invites the Stockton community of friends, associates and partners to bid a final farewell to Alex Spanos, a man who loved Stockton and his community above any other place. Visitation hours are scheduled for Monday, October 22, 2018 from 4:00pm-7:00pm, at Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church, 920 West March Lane in Stockton.

ACTION ALERT: It’s Time to Stop the Joint Legislative Budget Committee Hearing Rescheduled for 9/11!

ACTION ALERT: It’s Time to Stop the Joint Legislative Budget Committee Hearing Rescheduled for 9/11! AB 2649 has died at the end of the legislative session, thanks to your efforts to stop it. Had it passed, the bill would have sunseted the requirement to hold the JLBC meeting to proceed with the State Water Project contract extension and its unfinished, uns­­­­­een amendments related to the Delta tunnels project. Unfortunately, what would have been a second win for Delta advocates, has been interrupted by news that the JLBC hearing has been rescheduled for September 11, 2018. That means it’s time for us to stop it from meeting from happening prematurely for the third time. MEETING DETAILS: WHO: Joint Legislative Budget Committee [...]

Fishermen, Tribal Members, and Enviros Band Together to Advocate for More Flows at Sacramento Press Conference

For immediate release: 8/20/18 Contact: Noah Oppenheim, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, 415-723-1801, [email protected] Peter Drekmeier, Tuolumne River Trust, 650-248-8025, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Fishermen, Tribal Members, and Enviros Band Together to Advocate for More Flows at Sacramento Press Conference   Today, a coalition of environmental organizations, Northern California Indian tribal members, and commercial and sportfishing organizations held a press conference at the State Capitol to advocate for strong salinity standards and unimpaired San Joaquin River flows as part of the State Water Resources Control Board’s Water Quality Control Plan updates for the Bay-Delta (Phase I). Representatives from Sierra Club California, San Francisco Baykeeper, the Planning and Conservation League, Restore the [...]

ACTION ALERT: It’s time to call key legislators to help #StopTheTunnels!

We only have days left to stop a corrupt water handout to big agriculture and a blank check on California taxpayers. Please participate in this calling campaign put together by Food and Water Watch to help stop the Delta tunnels. Three key state legislators – Senator Holly Mitchell,  President pro tempore of the State Senate Toni Atkins, and Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon will decide if California should OK a 50-year blank check water contract.  Call these decision makers today at 1-866-846-4075 and tell them to delay the final hearing until they have been provided basic information on the contract and cost to taxpayers!  Under state law, DWR can finalize a long-term water contract 60 days after the Joint Legislative Budget Committee holds an informational [...]

ACTION ALERT: Gov. Brown: Don’t give Corporations a Blank Check for Water!

Our friends at Food & Water Watch need your help. It’s time to tell key legislators: it would be completely irresponsible to hold a final hearing on the water contract until we have all the information!  From our friends at Food & Water Watch: In the ongoing saga to stop Governor Brown’s multi-billion dollar corporate water project, CA Water Fix, now he’s moving quickly to amend California’s water supply contract so he can stick taxpayers with the bill without providing any process for transparency or public oversight. Send a message to key state legislators: tell them to stop Governor Brown from making his next move on this corrupt water deal! We recently exposed a major California water agency for breaking [...]

Restore the Delta Submits Comments on Bay-Delta Plan Updates; SWRCB Prohibits Discussion of Plan Updates at WaterFix Hearing

For immediate release: July 27, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Tim Stroshane, Policy Analyst, Restore the Delta, 510-847-7556, [email protected] Restore the Delta Submits Comments on Bay-Delta Plan Updates; SWRCB Prohibits Discussion of Plan Updates at WaterFix Hearing STOCKTON, CA – Today, Restore the Delta submitted their comments regarding the proposed updates to the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan in a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). As outlined in their recent policy statement on the Water Quality Control Plan, Restore the Delta maintains that the Plan does not examine water quality impacts on the Delta’s environmental justice community, nor does it protect salinity standards for south Delta agriculture. In addition, the [...]