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News from Restore the Delta: 2/19/2014

“Go not for every grief to the physician, nor for every quarrel to the lawyer, nor for every thirst to the pot.” – George Herbert So much has happened in the first six weeks of 2014 that anyone may be forgiven for feeling dazed and confused. To help you sort out one thread of events, we’re providing a chronology of drought-related developments, with some details about what is in the various declarations and bills. We’ll leave it to you to see some of the interesting connections. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan has been pushing forward with tightly-structured open houses around the state. Smiling acolytes display glossy foam boards and shiny brochures full of errors, and if you want to make [...]

Media Alert: Articles, Television, & Cartoons of Interest

Media Alert: Articles, Television, & Cartoons of Interest Articles and TV coverage include Restore the Delta and advocates from rally during President Obama’s visit in Fresno on 2/14/2014. River News Herald cartoon Deltastruction More cartoons: Fresno related follow 2/14/14 Sacramento Bee Ohman: GEP1LO1Q5.3 2/16/14 Sacramento Bee Ohman: Obama 11 Calif. water politics complicate Brown’s decisions Sacramento Bee-Feb 15, 2014 “This is not about picking between delta smelt and long fin smelt and … executive director of Restore the Delta, which is fighting the tunnel plan. TV coverage: President Obama Announces Plan to Drought-Stricken California President Barack Obama visited California Friday to discuss the federal response to California’s drought problem Patrick Healy NBC 4 Los Angeles Restore the Delta, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla [...]

Water Export Tunnel Proponents in “Pay to Play” Scandal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Water Export Tunnel Proponents in “Pay to Play” Scandal Sacramento, CA – In an opinion piece by Robert Gannon, co-editor of the East Bay Express, Mr. Gannon reveals that in the current Sloat, Higgins lobbying scandal, one of Sloat’s clients has been the Metropolitan Water District (MWD). MWD has been lobbying in recent years for construction of the Delta tunnels. “…Another of Sloat’s clients is the powerful Metropolitan Water District, which supplies water to much of Southern California. In the past decade, Metropolitan has paid Sloat’s firm $1.89 million, and in the past few years, his primary job on [...]

Upcoming February Events for Restore the Delta

Restore the Delta will be at these following public events. We encourage supporters in the area to attend.Bay Delta Tunnel Project Proposal Forum on February 20, Thursday, in Castro Valley at 6:00 p.m on 3600 Norbridge Avenue.  Speaking in favor of the tunnels will be Paul Helliker, Deputy Director, California Department of Water Resources, Delta and Statewide Water Management, and Jill Duerig, General Manager, Livermore/Amador Valley Zone 7 Water Agency. Speaking against the tunnels will be Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta, and Nick Di Croce, Co-facilitator, Environmental Water Caucus. Event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Presented by the League of Women Voters Eden Area, the Sierra Club Bay Chapter Water Committee, and the [...]

Gov. Brown Sings from Mega-Growers’ Hymnal, Tries to Bully Federal Scientists into Approving Tunnels, State Mismanagement of Water Helped Cause Shortage

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053; [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDeltaGov. Brown Sings from Mega-Growers’ Hymnal, Tries to Bully Federal Scientists into Approving Tunnels, State Mismanagement of Water Helped Cause ShortageSacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to Gov. Brown’s statement Thursday that he urged President Obama to get federal scientists to suspend their expert judgment and approve his tunnels.“It is outrageous that Governor Brown is using the drought to push the president to override federal biologists who think the water tunnels are too risky,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla.  “The [...]

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 [...]

Delta Flows: January 30, 2014

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” – Milan Kundera Taking advantage of a crisis Most people except some overwrought San Joaquin Valley congressmen and the Speaker of the US House of Representatives realize by now that there’s no water for farming right now because THERE’S NO WATER. Even if we had twin tunnels today, there would be no water to put in them. Reservoirs serving agricultural users were in good shape earlier this year (and those serving Southern California urban users still are). But the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation pumped a lot of water out of reservoirs north of the Tehachapis this past summer, gambling that we would [...]

State and Federal Agencies Suppress Public Comment on Peripheral Tunnels: Brown Administration Decides What the Public Can and Can’t Know

CONTACTS:Bob Wright, Senior Counsel, Friends of the River [email protected] 916- 442-3155 X207Osha Meserve, Local Agencies of the North Delta [email protected] 916-455-7300Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta [email protected] 209-479-2053Nick Di Croce, Environmental Water Caucus [email protected] 805-350-8898FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 28, 2014STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES SUPPRESS PUBLIC COMMENT ON PERIPHERAL TUNNELS: BROWN ADMINISTRATION DECIDES WHAT THE PUBLIC CAN AND CAN’T KNOW Tunnels Opponents Accuse Brown Administration of “Fraud and Deceit”; File “Demand” Letter to Halt SuppressionSacramento, CA – Conservation, community and fishing organizations today called on the Brown Administration to stop the suppression of opposing viewpoints on the proposed peripheral tunnels project. Friends of the River, the Environmental Water Caucus, and Restore the Delta submitted a formal Demand letter to the State [...]

In case you missed it: Our op-ed in the Sac Bee, “Better solutions for managing California’s water”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 27, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta In case you missed it… The Sacramento Bee Viewpoints: Better solutions for managing California’s water By Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla Special to The Bee Published: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 – 12:00 am During the current drought, the public will hear a lot about water management in California. Unfortunately, Californians are being presented with a false dichotomy – that California’s water problems are about fish vs. people. It’s what large corporate agribusinesses from the Westlands Water District and Kern County Water Agency have been pushing on the public since 2009. While we agree with these opposing groups that we have a water [...]

Our response to State of the State address by Governor Brown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Restore the Delta Response to the State of the State In his State of the State address, Governor Brown said, “We need to move forward with progress on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.” Governor Brown’s plan to build two forty-foot tunnels under the Delta, at a total cost of $60 billion with interest and operation expenses, will not add one drop of additional water to the system. There is a better way to manage our water. First, we need to export a safe yield of water from the Delta without repeatedly depleting the watershed. Second, we need to reinforce [...]