california drought

Senator Feinstein Using Drought to Throw Out Protections for Fisheries, Farms & Humans; Bill Could Help Tunnels Approval

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 16, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Delta Tunnel Opponents: Senator Feinstein Using Drought to Throw Out Protections for Fisheries, Farms & Humans; Bill Could Help Tunnels Approval Offer Better Solutions to Water Challenge Stockton, 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 criticized Senator Dianne Feinstein for pushing S 2918 to allow more water for Westlands’ and Kern Water Districts’ mega-growers in the midst of a severe drought. “It is disappointing that Senator Feinstein has chosen to rush harmful legislation with no public hearings, debate or [...]

Seattle Times: In California drought, fortunes are made

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 8, 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 Seattle Times May 5, 2014 In California drought, fortunes are made As California enters a third year of drought, agribusinesses are planting huge groves of trees, writes syndicated columnist Froma Harrop. “…Yet agribusinesses are planting huge new groves of thirsty almond and pistachio trees. Bear in mind, these are permanent plantings. … “…What gives is a Byzantine system of allocating water to a farming empire built where it shouldn’t be — in a desert. … “…Out of complexity hidden in darkness rise corruption and reckless public spending. And fortunes are made. … “…What [...]

Media Release: SF Chronicle “Drought should make state rethink water policy” + Mercury News editorial “California needs a more balanced approach to water”

FOR  IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 12, 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… San Francisco Chronicle Drought should make state rethink water policy February 7, 2014 “…Drought is a product of nature, but some think the drought emergency is the result of mismanaged water resources. With Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs full last spring in what was already shaping up as a second dry year, the state increased pumping to water districts in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California rather than decreasing pumping as planned. “Droughts are known; emergencies happen when people ignore facts and overpromise water supplies,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta. [...]

Media Release: Listen to Audio from 2/10 Media Teleconference + Restore the Delta Release Charts: Westlands & Kern Get More Water than All Urban Users Combined

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 10, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Water Tunnels Opponents Release Charts: Urban Ratepayers Get the Higher Bill, Westlands & Kern Get More Water than All Urban Users Combined Call on Gov. Brown not to force families to Subsidize Billionaires Listen to audio from media teleconference:  Restore the Delta Experts Briefing: Who got the water and for what? Should we change direction for the future? Also attached: Pie charts and tables at end of article STOCKTON, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD) today released a water export pie chart and tracking table showing where the water goes that is exported from the San Francisco Bay-Delta. The Westlands [...]

Media Advisory for 2/10: Where Did All the Water Go? Water Buffaloes, Egregious Mismanagement & Better Water Policies

Please click here for Action Alert: President Obama to Visit Fresno on 2/14 to Talk About Drought Assistance Media Advisory for Monday, February 10, 2014 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta Where Did All the Water Go? Water Buffaloes, Egregious Mismanagement & Better Water Policies Restore the Delta to Release New Charts Showing Who Got the Water; Experts to Outline New Policies, Alternatives to Tunnels Sacramento, 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, announced today they will hold a teleconference on Monday, Feb. 10, during which experts will release new information showing where California’s [...]

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 [...]

The Bakersfield Californian: Don’t use ‘drought emergency’ to divide us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 28, 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… By The Bakersfield Californian Don’t use ‘drought emergency’ to divide us Saturday, Jan 25 2014 11:06 PM The terrifying consequences of California’s “drought emergency” cannot be denied: acres of mature, nut-bearing trees dug up; fertile land unplanted; agriculture jobs gone. Some communities are even struggling to provide drinking water for their residents. But last week’s “press availability” that starred three South Valley Republican congressmen — Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, Devin Nunes of Visalia and David Valadao of Hanford — as well as House Speaker John Boehner, the Ohio Republican, seemed more about politics than [...]

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 [...]

Media Alert: Radio and Articles of Interest

 Restore the Delta media coverage from January 22, 2014. Click to listenKFBK-AM FOX, SacramentoGov. Brown touts California’s progress but says challenges lie aheadSan Gabriel Valley TribuneLegislators, environmental organizations and Delta advocates react to Nunes, McCarthy and Valadao’s proposed drought legislationMaven’s Notebook