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Important Media Alerts: BDCP Tunnels Gets An Overhaul

In case you missed it: several important news stories during Easter weekend about the new California drought measures and the change in the Delta tunnels plan listed below. Restore the Delta: news of interest: $25-billion Sacramento-San Joaquin delta tunnel project reexamined — Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is overhauling its proposal for a controversial tunnel project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta in the wake of doubts about whether water exporters can meet stringent federal conditions for operating the system over a 50-year period. Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times$ — 4/5/15  Governor Brown's drought order lets agribusiness, oil companies off … Bay Area Indymedia-Apr 4, 2015 “Governor Brown has had two responses of opposite extremes to the drought crisis,” said RTD executive [...]

New Analysis Finds Harm in Gov. Brown’s Drought Order: Suspends CEQA, Abandons Public Rulemaking

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 3, 2015 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta New Analysis Finds Harm in Gov. Brown’s Drought Order: Suspends CEQA, Abandons Public Rulemaking Drought Barriers for up to 10 Years, Decimate Fisheries, But No Restrictions on Mega-Farms Stockton, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build water export Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to Gov. Brown’s executive order. “While urban water conservation measures are desperately needed, Governor Brown is not calling for shared sacrifice,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla. “What he is enacting is sacrifice by 98% of Californians, and the [...]

Drought Barriers to Push Delta Closer to Collapse: Threaten Salmon, No Restrictions on Mega-Farms

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta   Drought Barriers to Push Delta Closer to Collapse: Threaten Salmon, No Restrictions on Mega-Farms   Stockton, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build water export Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to Gov. Brown’s latest drought measures. “Governor Brown has had two responses of opposite extremes to the drought crisis,” said executive director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla. “The first response is to place the largest burden of conservation on urban water users.  His second response is to push the Delta further toward ecological collapse [...]

False Advertising by Gov. Brown, Exporters Expert Debunks Myth of Farm Jobs Loss: Drought Worse for Environment than for Farm Jobs

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 20, 2015 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Tunnel Critics: False Advertising by Gov. Brown, Exporters Expert Debunks Myth of Farm Jobs Loss. Drought Worse for Environment than for Farm Jobs Stockton, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build water export Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to Gov. Brown’s drought response as “false advertising,” and a Valley economic expert’s finding that the claims of farm job losses by water exporters are unfounded. Water exporters use farm job loss claims to whip up hysteria to overcome fact-based examination of the tunnels. [...]

Media Alerts of Interest on Recent Smelt Finding & New Water Use Rules

San Jose Mercury News:  Fate of Delta smelt sinks as numbers drop By Denis Cuff POSTED:   03/17/2015 10:41:07 PM PDT EXCERPT: "The relaxed standards were aimed at storing water in reservoirs for a long, dry summer, but environmentalists say the emergency rule has hastened the decline of the smelt. "Excessive water pumping by the state and federal water exporters has led to the collapse of the estuary," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta." Read San Jose Mercury News article here.  East Bay Express: California Targets Wrong Water Wasters By Robert Gammon MARCH 18, 2015 EXCERPT: "Environmentalists, however, are concerned the current record-drought conditions will only lead to dumber decisions about water. They're worried that instead of calling for the end of [...]

Fishermen, Delta Leaders: Exporters “Destroy Delta Smelt”; If Endangered Species Become Extinct, Fault Will Be With State Water Board and Captive Fish Agencies

Fishermen, Delta Leaders: Exporters “Destroy Delta Smelt” Export Projects Overpumping Delta During Drought Destroys Fisheries If Endangered Species Become Extinct, Fault Will Be With State Water Board and Captive Fish Agencies Stockton, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD) and other opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build massive underground Tunnels that would drain the Delta of freshwater and doom sustainable farms, and salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to the finding that Delta Smelt may be extinct. The latest state trawl survey found just six smelt to date. The smelt may be reaching the point of no return if swift action is not taken. The tunnels opponents criticized a move by the State Water Board to further weaken Delta [...]

Dr. Jeff Michael Tears Apart Blue Sky Tunnels Report: Not Convincing, Not Very Reassuring, Misrepresented by Tunnels Backers

Dr. Jeff Michael Tears Apart Blue Sky Tunnels Report: Not Convincing, Not Very Reassuring, Misrepresented by Tunnels Backers, Fails to Count “Rate Stabilization Fund” Costs Farmers Do Not Have Capacity To Pay For Tunnels & Make a Profit; Conclusion: “Tunnels are not a doable deal”   Stockton, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build massive Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today noted Dr. Jeff Michael, of the University of the Pacific’s Business Forecasting Center, has torn apart a State-sponsored Report on Affordability and Financing for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). “The Brown Administration plans to stick families and businesses with the bill for water to [...]

News from Restore the Delta: 4/18/2014

We will now discuss in a little more detail the Struggle for Existence. – Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species Articles Hunger and thirst Speaking of BDCP …. 2014 State of Our Rivers Symposium Hunger and thirst By Jane Wagner-Tyack UOP economist Dr. Jeffrey Michael reports in an April 7 blog post that between 2007 and 2012, despite the drought in 2009, San Joaquin Valley agriculture made a clear shift toward permanent crops. Over that period, acreage of field crops (like cotton, hay, grain, and alfalfa) increased by 2 percent. Acreage of fruit and nut crops (like almonds, pistachios and grapes, crops that can’t be fallowed in a dry year) increased by 21 percent. Meanwhile, acreage of vegetable crops decreased [...]

The Bakersfield Californian: While D.C. plays politics, real water issues await

FOR  IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 30, 2014Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDeltaIn case you missed it…The Bakersfield CalifornianTuesday, Jan 28 2014 10:00 PMLOIS HENRY: While D.C. plays politics, real water issues awaitBy Lois HenryThere are real issues to be discussed involving California’s water troubles. Tough issues.Such as, whether we’ve overplanted with crops that simply cannot be accommodated long term given regulatory changes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta.Oh yeah, I went there. Let the howling begin.Can our water system sustain the explosion in almonds, pistachios, grapes and other permanent crops we’ve seen in Kern and other valley counties?I don’t know.But I do know that’s a question being mulled, even among those in the [...]