BDCP

Media alert: BDCP – A Misleading Plan for California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 11, 2014 The Environmental Water Caucus has responded to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its associated Environmental Impact Report with a stinging 250-page critique of BDCP’s inadequacies and multiple failures to conform to state and federal laws. Among the criticisms detailed in the Caucus’ review are that it is contrary to the Delta Reform Act of 2009, it fails to provide adequate ecological assurances under state and federal endangered species laws, it fails to assure funding for the project, and it fails to analyze reasonable alternatives to the preferred plan for huge tunnels under the Delta. Other points highlighted by the Caucus include: · Exporting more water out of the Delta was a foregone conclusion [...]

News from Restore the Delta: June 5, 2014

“In one of our conversations yesterday, we were talking about adaptive management and how everyone seems to be using the term differently, and the most cynical interpretation of a lot of the use of ‘adaptive management’ is promising to fix it later.” — Dr. Jay Lund, Delta Independent Science Board “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, then baffle them with bullshit.” — W. C. Fields Articles An Implementing Agreement at last Lost in translation A Water Bond soup with too many cooks Hits, runs, and an error Ask for a dome No barriers after all (updated correction 6/6/14) Every great campaign has an art movement An Implementing Agreement at last We finally have a draft Implementing Agreement (IA) released [...]

BDCP Violates Non-English Speakers’ Civil Rights To Call for Restart & Extension of Public Comment Time; No Access to BDCP for Limited-English Speakers

Media Advisory for Thursday, May 29, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Environmental Justice Representatives: BDCP Violates Non-English Speakers’ Civil Rights To Call for Restart & Extension of Public Comment Time; No Access to BDCP for Limited-English Speakers 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, announced today they will hold a teleconference on Thursday, May 29, calling on State and Federal officials to restart and extend the public comment period for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and its EIR/S and to do adequate public outreach to [...]

News from Restore the Delta: 5/19/14

“Everybody in Vanity Fair must have remarked how well those live who are comfortably and thoroughly in debt; how they deny themselves nothing . . . .” — William Makepeace Thackeray Calling the water shots Behind the scenes planning by the water contractors who want the twin tunnels is bearing fruit with the formation of two new Offices in the Department of Water Resources (DWR). One of them, a new Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Office in the Executive Division of DWR, will be responsible for that third of the plan that is actually supposed to help the ecosystem – Conservation Measures 2-22. It will be headed initially by Chief Deputy Director Laura King Moon, known to us for her [...]

Experts Criticize Flawed BDCP Process, Feinstein Federal Rollbacks: No BDCP Implementing Agreement, Water Exporters Taking Over DWR? S 2918 Would Remove Key Protections

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Experts Criticize Flawed BDCP Process, Feinstein Federal Rollbacks: No BDCP Implementing Agreement, Water Exporters Taking Over DWR? S 2918 Would Remove Key Protections 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, joined other experts today and criticized the lack of an Implementing Agreement (IA), the failure of water exporters to make their financial payments, and the ceding of partial control of the State Dept. of Water Resources to contractors. The experts will also outline harm that would result from [...]

LA Office Of Public Accountability BDCP Cost Analysis is Incomplete, Asks Wrong Question

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 7, 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 Blasts LA Office Of Public Accountability BDCP Cost Analysis: Incomplete, Asks Wrong Question Failed to Consider Alternatives, Excluded Many Costs, Do LA Water Ratepayers want to Subsidize Mega-Ag? Sacramento, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s plan to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today criticized the Los Angeles Office of Public Accountability’s (OPA) analysis of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s (BDCP) cost to Los Angeles ratepayers as a “biased and piecemeal” analysis. “The Office of Public Accountability (OPA) performed a disservice to the [...]

39 Days Left but Twin Tunnels Project Still Lacks Implementation Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Gov. Brown’s Tunnel Lacks Implementation Agreement: Who will pay? Users Claim to Pay, But No Commitment Yet Made on Finances or Operations 39 Days Left but Governor Brown’s peripheral tunnels project still lacks operating plan & required species recovery assurances SACRAMENTO, CA – With just 39 days remaining for public examination and comment, the parties involved in the creation, planning and implementation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) have failed to reveal a binding Implementation Agreement (IA) showing how the Delta tunnels project will be financed, built or operated. The continuing failure to file the agreement with specificity [...]

News from Restore the Delta: 4/30/14

Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst. — Marcus Valerius Martialis Articles IFFI equals Iffy A sample letter on the subject of Funding IFFI equals Iffy You can remember the major inadequacies of BDCP if you think of Eye-Eff-Eff-Eye — IFFI. That stands for Impacts, Funding, Fish and Implementation. Let’s look at these individually. IMPACTS All the benefits of BDCP go to people outside the Delta, and all the negative impacts are borne by people in the Delta region. There are over 50 negative impacts that can’t be mitigated, and BDCP doesn’t even have to try to mitigate them if planners decide that mitigating them isn’t feasible. Basically, it isn’t feasible if they don’t want to do [...]

News from Restore the Delta: 4/7/2014

“Tyranny is Tyranny, let it come from whom it may.” – Howard Zinn Articles What did they know? And When did they know it? Old news worth another look And independent scientists say…. And environmental groups across the board agree… What did they know? And When did they know it? In retrospect, state and federal water managers may wish they had sent less water out of upstream reservoirs last year. Even in an average water year, it’s a challenge to meet the needs of all the water users above and below the Delta and the needs of several runs of migrating and spawning fish as well. And what’s an “average” water year? Probably it is much dryer than anyone thought [...]

Media Advisory for Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Media Advisory for Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053; [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Governor’s Water Tunnels Opponents to Release New Map: Largest Agricultural Water Users, Selenium-Damaged Land, Oil Deposits for Fracking Sacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD) and Food and Water Watch, opponents of Governor Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, announced today they will hold a teleconference on Tuesday, March 4, to release a new map depicting the overlap between the largest agricultural users of Bay-Delta water exports, land impaired by selenium concentrations that make farming unsustainable, and oil and gas basins that could be fracked. “This map will show [...]