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News from Restore the Delta; California Water Commission: Not Neutral

“. . .Who lined himself with hope, Eating the air on promise of supply, Flattering himself in project of a power Much smaller than the smallest of his thoughts . . .” ― Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, I, iii Articles Not BDCP neutral The odd case of the Water Commission Drought preparedness – Not Not BDCP neutral In order for the water bond to be BDCP neutral, as its Delta legislative supporters insist that it is, it would need to do more that ensure that no bond money can be spent on tunnels and that no water contractors can get credit for any Delta habitat activities. In order to be BDCP neutral, the water bond would need to ensure [...]

News from Restore the Delta: The BDCP is NOT dead

“This is the way the world ends; not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.” ― Amanda Hocking, Hollowland Articles BDCP is NOT dead How MWD proposes to make this pencil out How the Water Bond plays into this Wringing more water out of the Delta Reducing flow for the SF Bay-Delta estuary through publicly funded water transfers BDCP is NOT dead On September 23, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) got an update on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) from Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin, Delta Stewardship Council Chairman Randy Fiorini, and MWD’s own Bay-Delta Committee. Cowin told MWD that DWR is making progress on three fronts: [...]

News from Restore the Delta: September 9, 2014

“In the discovery of secret things and in the investigation of hidden causes, stronger reasons are obtained from sure experiments and demonstrated arguments than from probably conjectures and the opinions of philosophical speculators of the common sort.” – William Gilbert Articles EPA re BDCP: The short version Worrisome language in the Water Bond “At the table” about habitat Revisiting the Delta Plan’s House of Mirrors EPA re BDCP: The short version People who follow Delta issues know by now that the California Natural Resource Agency will be recirculating the BDCP Draft and environmental documents early next year. This may be largely in response to a letter they received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency giving a long list of problems [...]

EPA Rejects Flawed Project No Financing Plan, No Water, Won’t Restore Delta Tens of Thousands Comment “No Tunnels”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 28, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Tunnels Opponents: EPA Rejects Flawed Project No Financing Plan, No Water, Won’t Restore Delta Tens of Thousands Comment “No Tunnels” Sacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, and salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) critical review of the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS). The opponents said the Brown Administration’s delay and redrafting of the governor’s water tunnels plan is a response to the EPA’s criticism of its fatal flaws, [...]

BDCP Delay Shows Fatal Flaws: No Financing Plan, No Water, Won’t Restore Delta Tens of Thousands Comment “No Tunnels”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Tunnels Opponents: BDCP Delay Shows Fatal Flaws: No Financing Plan, No Water, Won’t Restore Delta Tens of Thousands Comment “No Tunnels” Sacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, and salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today hailed the delay and redrafting of its Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS), and a new public comment period. The opponents said the delay and redrafting of the governor’s water tunnels plan shows it is fatally flawed, does not meet state [...]

News from Restore the Delta: August 27, 2014

Diseases desperate grown By desperate appliance are relieved, Or not at all. – Shakespeare, Hamlet Articles Full-court press from Westlands Roll up your sleeves for recirculated BDCP documents Full-court press from Westlands by Jane Wagner-Tyack Westlands Water District irrigators are face to face with the ugly truth of how little water their junior water rights give them when there isn’t any surplus, and how much they have to pay for what they can get. In July, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) (uninfluenced by exporters, of course) asked the State Water Resources Control Board to order south and central Delta water diverters with riparian and pre-1914 water rights to provide information about what [...]

Experts Criticize BDCP Process, Call for New Draft EIR: Funding, Public Outreach, Alternatives, Science all Flawed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 28, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Experts Criticize BDCP Process, Call for New Draft EIR: Funding, Public Outreach, Alternatives, Science all Flawed Sacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, and salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today presented their case that the governor’s water tunnels plan is fatally flawed, does not meet state or federal standards, and called for a new Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS), and public comment period. The EIR/EIS is fatally flawed due to its failure to include a [...]

L.A. Biz: How many jobs will this tunnel project create?

L.A. Biz How many jobs will this tunnel project create? Jun 23, 2014, 12:17pm PDT By Scott Bridges California’s drought could translate into jobs, but just how many jobs? That’s a question at the heart of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25-billion plan to transport more water from Northern to Southern California. The plan calls for two massive tunnels to be built underneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The tunnels would deliver water to Los Angeles, among other cities, and Central Valley farmers. “In the short, medium and long range, the Bay-Delta Conservation would provide economic benefits to California,” Nancy Vogel, spokeswoman for the Department of Water Resources told the Los Angeles Times. A study by the Brown administration, authored by UC [...]

Consumer & Environmental Advocates Respond to Brown Administration’s Claims of BDCP Benefits: Even BDCP Hired Economist Wouldn’t Sign Off on BDCP

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 20, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546 [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Consumer & Environmental Advocates Respond to Brown Administration’s Claims of BDCP Benefits: Even BDCP Hired Economist Wouldn’t Sign Off on BDCP Sacramento, CA – Restore the Delta and the Southern California Watershed Alliance and today responded to the Brown Administration’s latest claims of supposed benefits from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and its huge water export tunnels. “The recently released statements and documents from BDCP on the costs, and who will pay, are more of the same disingenuous statements that they have been making throughout the life of the project. These unsubstantiated claims show how desperate BDCP officials are to greenwash this project for the [...]

Tunnel Opponents File FPPC Complaint Against BDCP Architect Jerry Meral for Illegal Lobbying

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 13, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: Restore the Delta Tunnel Opponents File FPPC Complaint Against BDCP Architect Jerry Meral for Illegal Lobbying Sacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels to drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today announced they filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) charging former Brown Administration Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) point man, Jerry Meral, with illegal lobbying. Meral appears to be violating the law prohibiting former administration officials from lobbying within one year and one day of leaving office. Since January 2014, Meral has [...]