bay delta conservation plan

In case you missed it: Articles of interest on Gov. Brown’s tunnels

In case you missed it…   Sierra Club Special to the Bee: Time to stop the tunnel vision 5/9/2015 "….In making his announcement about this new approach, Brown told the gathered media that the reduction in restoration to accelerate efforts to save the fish was essential. “If anyone has a better alternative, certainly we’ll hear it.” Here’s the better alternative: Restore the Delta and drop the tunnels proposal. Instead, turn more attention, and money, to the rest of the California Water Action Plan to make every region’s water system more resilient and self-reliant." Read the full op-ed here by Sierra Club Vacaville Reporter editorial: Governor’s water policy needs a rewrite 5/9/15 “…The Governor talks about saving water, but then continues to push for [...]

Gov. Brown Misleading Public on Earthquake Risk to Push Tunnels

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 8, 2015 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Tunnels Opponents: Gov. Brown Misleading Public on Earthquake Risk to Push Tunnels If levees are so fragile, why is DWR pounding on them? What about earthquake threat to rest of 300 mile water project? Jersey Island, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build massive underground water tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today held a news conference at the site of the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) construction project to note the Brown Administration was excavating the top of the levee, with several days of pylon [...]

In case you missed it: Gov. Brown says critics of Delta Tunnels should ‘Shut Up’

SF Gate Brown says critics of delta tunnels should 'shut up’ By Melody GutierrezUpdated 5:45 pm, Wednesday, May 6, 2015 SACRAMENTO — During a candid and sarcastic speech to water agency officials Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown said critics of the controversial delta tunnels project should “shut up” unless they’ve logged 1 million hours like the state has to study the plan. “Until you put a million hours into it, shut up,” Brown said to laughter during a speech at a Association of California Water Agencies conference in Sacramento on Wednesday. “You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. Or maybe they just wasted their time? As government they sit there and play tiddledywinks or whatever the hell they do. No, these are serious people and [...]

In case you missed it: Oakland Tribune editorial, “Gov. Brown’s latest Delta plan just a massive water grab”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta In case you missed it… May 4, 2015 Oakland Tribune editorial: Gov. Brown’s latest Delta plan just a massive water grab “Gov. Jerry Brown has abandoned any pretense that his massive Delta twin-tunnel project could benefit the environment, leaving it simply as one of the biggest water grabs in state history. “Having failed to convince federal agencies that his plan would improve the Delta’s health, Brown dropped the $8 billion, 50-year environmental component of the tunnel project. Salvaging the ecology of the largest estuary west of the Mississippi is officially off the table. “Making matters worse, what’s now touted as [...]

Newspaper Editorials Opposed to Tunnels:

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In case you missed it: We got a lot of media coverage opposing Brown’s tunnels!

Here is some (but not all) of the media coverage we received yesterday. Restore the Delta: news of interest: 5/1/15   Gov’s press release 4/30/15:   http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18940 California Eco Restore web site: https://s3.amazonaws.com/californiawater/pdfs/ECO_FS_Overview.pdf New BDCP Page link: http://baydeltaconservationplan.com/Home.aspx for more information: California Water Fix: http://www.californiawaterfix.com   New $17 billion Delta tunnels plan with less environmental … Paul Rogers San Jose Mercury News-3 hours ago …Environmental groups immediately blasted the plan, arguing that without extensive work to restore fish and wildlife in the Delta, the proposal is little more than a water grab by Southern California and Central Valley agribusiness. And it drew tepid responses from the big water providers that must pay for the tunnels.…Environmentalists said Thursday that without a guaranteed major environmental restoration [...]

Our Response to Gov. Brown 4/30: Gov. Abandons Pretext of Saving Fisheries; Ignores Co-Equal Goals Requirement; End-Runs EPA

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 30, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta   Tunnels-Only BDCP: Gov. Abandons Pretext of Saving Fisheries Ignores “Co-Equal Goals” Requirement; End-Runs EPA *** TODAY in Oakland, Governor Jerry Brown announces he will rename the Bay Delta Conservation Plan tunnels (BDCP) to “California Water Fix.” The separate habitat restoration part will be called “California Eco-Restore.” ****   Sacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD) and other opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build massive underground water tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to Gov. Brown’s abandonment of habitat restoration in his Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) tunnels project, [...]

The Guardian: BDCP Tunnels Prioritizes Agribusiness in Central Valley

The Guardian $8bn habitat conservation plan scrapped as California prioritises agribusiness APR 29, 2015 By Amy Westervelt EXCERPTS:  "The tunnels are estimated to cost $12-14bn to build, but given expected construction overruns and maintenance costs, the overall budget has been estimated at $50 to $64bn . That cost will largely be covered by property taxes and water rate hikes. Critics have complained that agricultural water districts will have an unfair advantage: the ability to re-sell their BDCP water supply."   “They [BDCP] continue to say we’re about farming,” says Barbara Barrigan-Perilla, executive director of nonprofit Restore the Delta. “But the reality is that in 25 to 30 years those drainage-impaired lands in Westlands will have to be retired no matter what.” “I think [...]

GOV. BROWN IS BREAKING HIS PROP. 1 PROMISE, Announces he WILL Use Prop. 1 Funds to Mitigate Tunnels

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta TUNNELS OPPONENTS: GOV. BROWN IS BREAKING HIS PROP. 1 PROMISE, Announces he WILL Use Prop. 1 Funds to Mitigate Tunnels   Stockton, CA – Governor Brown promised the people of California that Proposition 1 (Water Bond) funds would not be used for the BDCP, but for dealing with the drought. Now, his administration admits that they could use money from Proposition 1 to pay for habitat mitigation for construction and operation of the tunnels. “It is outrageous that the governor would break the promise he made to the people of California that their taxes would not be used to mitigate [...]

Tunnels-Only BDCP: Gov. Abandons Pretext of Saving Fisheries Ignores “Co-Equal Goals” Requirement; End-Runs EPA

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 20, 2015 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Tunnels-Only BDCP: Gov. Abandons Pretext of Saving Fisheries Ignores “Co-Equal Goals” Requirement; End-Runs EPA Water Use: The Top 1% Water-Takers vs. 38 Million Residents Sacramento, CA– Restore the Delta (RTD) and other opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build massive underground water tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today said in a news teleconference that Gov. Brown’s abandonment of habitat restoration in his BDCP tunnels project “violates the statutory ‘co-equal goals’, end-runs the EPA and other federal scientists who refused to issue permits for the project, and makes the tunnels project [...]