bay delta conservation plan

Our Response to “Tunnels Only” Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 13, 2015 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta   TUNNELS OPPONENTS: BDCP IS NOW JUST A “WATER GRAB” RTD Responds to “Tunnels Only” Project   Stockton, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD), a coalition of anti-tunnels organizations and individuals, today responded to the governor’s abandonment of conservation and restoration, and move to permit a “tunnels only” BDCP. RTD responded to reports in the Contra Costa Times and other media.   “For eight years, Californians had been told that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) was going to serve what became law in 2009 — the co-equal goals of restoring the Delta and providing water supply reliability.  Our position [...]

San Jose Mercury News, “Delta tunnels: Major changes to environmental restoration could endanger Brown’s water plan”

San Jose Mercury News Delta tunnels: Major changes to environmental restoration could endanger Brown’s water plan By Paul Rogers | [email protected] | © Copyright 2015, Bay Area News Group | POSTED: 04/11/2015 04:18:58 PM PDT Gov. Jerry Brown has billed his $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Delta as a way to not just make it easier to move water from north to south, but also increase the reliability of water supplies and bring back salmon and other endangered species. But now the Brown administration is proposing a major and politically risky change: dropping a 50-year guarantee to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta’s environment. A centerpiece of the project, the environmental plan included $8 billion [...]

Our response to the Department of Water Resources’ statements regarding abandoning the BDCP Habitat Conservation Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta   Restore the Delta’s response to the Dept. of Water Resources’ statements regarding abandoning the BDCP Habitat Conservation Plan   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 offered additional comments regarding the Department of Water Resource’s comment on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan from April 7, 2015.   Statement by Restore the Delta’s Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla:   “Recent reports by the Los Angeles Times and E&E News make it clear that the habitat conservation [...]

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 [...]

Special to The Sac Bee: We deserve to hear both sides of debate on Delta tunnels

By Robert Wright Special to The Bee 03/24/2015 5:00 PM 03/25/2015 12:00 AM Original article here at Sacramento Bee. In December 2013, state and federal agencies released 40,000 pages of consultant-prepared analysis and advocacy for the Delta tunnels as part of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The water tunnels are the most controversial public works project in California history. The BDCP website announced that public comments received during the review process would be made available upon the release of the final environmental impact report. But releasing the comments after the final EIR/EIS – after the horse is out of the barn – is calculated to hide the ball during the time when the public can review and comment. Organizations and [...]

Read or Listen: MWD after Bay-Delta estuary: Funds $600,000 Attack on Delta Water Rights

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 12, 20145 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta; Bob Wright, FOR, 916/442-3155 x207; [email protected] Brown Administration Hides Truth About Tunnels From Public, Tunnels Opponents Post Suppressed Public Comments: Includes EPA, Army Corps of Engineers & State Water Resources Control Board; MWD Funds Misguided $600,000 Attack on Delta Water Rights, Would Ruin Sustainable Family Farms NOTE: Technical difficulty between 22:02 to 23:52 Sacramento, CA- Friends of the River (FOR), Restore the Delta (RTD) and other opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta of freshwater and doom sustainable farms, and salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today announced posting on the Friends of the [...]

Restore the Delta responds to False Screed from Gov. Brown-allied flack: Is this part of Westlands’ Water District’s $1 million PR campaign? Or Part of Californians for Water Security?

You know you’re getting your message through when one of Gov. Brown’s pro-tunnels front groups launches untruthful attacks on you. One of the legions of flacks being paid to push Gov. Brown’s Delta-destroying tunnels has attacked Restore the Delta in a typically truth-twisting screed. It’s difficult to believe the guy who bought Enron stock while advising Gov. Davis on energy policy. The same guy who bought fracking company stock while advising Speaker Perez has little credibility on the Delta. Who’s paying for these attacks on Restore the Delta? We do take it personally when false attacks are launched on us. So we thought we’d take a few minutes to respond, and then we’ll go back to fighting the stupid tunnels. [...]

Drought Shows Folly of Tunnels, Would be of NO Use this Year, but Would Cost Millions

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 2, 2015 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Tunnel Critics: Drought Shows Folly of Tunnels, Would be of NO Use this Year, but Would Cost Millions Sacramento, 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 federal agencies’ curtailment of water deliveries. “It is lucky for the South of Delta agricultural Central Valley Project contractors (and Kern County Water Agency) that the tunnels were not already built. If so, they would have had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars with no water supply,” [...]

Field Poll Finding: Public Opposition to Delta Tunnels Reflects What We’ve Heard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected];  Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta   Tunnels Opponents React to Field Poll Finding: Public Opposition Reflects What We've Heard Governor Has Chance to Rethink a Sustainable Solution   Sacramento, 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 said that the Field Poll finding that two of three voters do not support the massive water export tunnels project called on Gov. Brown to “rethink his water policies and embrace a new, sustainable water solution."  "Gov. Brown does have the vision and experience to recognize [...]

Delta Flows: February 10, 2015

Articles • If it ain’t broken… • History repeating itself… • Not Really Fixing It If it ain’t broken… By Stina Va Local and state Delta agencies continue to disagree about current state efforts to change priorities and funding for Delta levees. Currently, two efforts are under way: The Delta Stewardship Council is developing a “levee investment strategy” to implement its Delta Plan levee strategy, and the Delta Protection Commission is studying the feasibility of creating a Delta levee assessment district to fund levees that may not be covered by state or federal liability. The Council seeks to prioritize levees for investment, and the Commission hopes to create a funding base to ensure funds are available to invest. But local [...]