EIR/EIS

Delta Tunnels EIR: What Do We Know So Far?

For Immediate Release: Tuesday September 29, 2015   Contact: Brian Smith, 415/320-9384, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209/479-2053 [email protected] Experts Reading Delta Tunnels EIR (48K Pages), Express Concerns Final Month for Public Comments NOTE: Osha Meserve and Jeff Michael Statements have been updated! Sacramento, CA – Today, Restore the Delta held a teleconference with a panel of experts reading through the 48,000 page EIR/EIS for the proposed Delta Tunnels Project (formerly known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan).   Californians now have just one month left to submit comments on the Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Delta Tunnels project. The comment period ends on October 30, 2015. Public Comments on the Delta EIR/EIS can be submitted to: BDCP/California WaterFix Comments P.O. [...]

Delta Tunnels Would Violate Endangered Species Act (ESA), Groups Warn

For Immediate Release, September 9, 2015 Robert Wright, Friends of the River, (916) 442-3155 x 207, [email protected]  Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, (209) 479-2053, barbar[email protected]  Jeff Miller, Center for Biological Diversity, (510) 499-9185, [email protected] DELTA TUNNELS  Project Violates Endangered Species Act, Will Hurt Imperiled Salmon, Groups Warn SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Conservation groups warned state and federal regulators today that the Delta Water Tunnels project (the so-called “California Water Fix”) to build massive tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento River to the Central Valley and State Water Projects cannot be permitted under the Endangered Species Act because it would adversely affect protected critical habitat for endangered salmon runs and other imperiled fish species in the Bay-Delta and Sacramento River. “The Water Tunnels project agencies are pandering to special-interest groups while ignoring [...]

Delta Tunnel Impacts on SF Bay-Delta Water Quality: 5 Questions Jerry Brown Doesn’t Want You to Ask

For Release: August 28, 2015 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053 [email protected], Twitter: @RestoretheDelta View this release at our main website or in PDF format.    DELTA TUNNELS IMPACTS ON SF BAY-DELTA WATER QUALITY Five Questions Jerry Brown Doesn’t Want You to Ask   Operation of the proposed Delta tunnels, according to the Department of Water Resources' recirculated Environmental Impact Report, will reduce essential fresh water flows through the Delta to Suisun Bay and San Francisco Bay. Nonetheless, the State Water Resources Control Board has begun the permitting process to change the point where water will be diverted into the tunnels. This significant reduction in Sacramento River flows will degrade Delta and Suisun Marsh water quality because the Tunnels would isolate better [...]

In case you missed it: Articles of Interest on Gov. Brown’s Tunnels

For Release: 7/31/2015   Contact: Brian Smith, 415-320-9384, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected], Twitter @RestoreTheDelta In Case You Missed It: Articles of Interest on Gov. Brown’s Tunnels   Delta Supporters “Transform the Open House” in Sacramento (Photo Gallery) On July 28, 2015, Restore the Delta brought some of their 25,000 supporters to rally in front of the sham public hearing on the proposed Delta Tunnels project which was held at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel in Sacramento. More than 300 people from all over Northern California attended, despite this “hearing” being scheduled on a work day. When agencies promoting the tunnels announced it would be held science-fair style, with no comments in public, just court reporters tucked away in the back, Restore [...]

DELTA TUNNELS: Faux Public Hearing Tuesday, July 28, Sacramento

ADVISORY: for Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Contact: Brian Smith, 415-320-9384, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta DELTA TUNNELS: Faux Public Hearing Tuesday, July 28, Sacramento Restore the Delta activists plan to “Transform the Open House” Sacramento – On Tuesday, July 28, the first of two “open houses” will be held on the Delta Tunnels EIR/EIS (formerly known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.) Four buses of Restore the Delta activists are coming to Sacramento from cities around the Bay-Delta. They plan to “Transform the Open House” with a spirited and respectful outpouring of opposition to Jerry Brown’s plan to build massive underground water tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries. The [...]

Agencies Promoting Delta Water Diversions Asked to Correct Tunnel Vision

For Immediate Release, July 22, 2015 Contact: Robert Wright, Friends of the River, (916) 442-3155 x 207, [email protected] Conner Everts, Environmental Water Caucus, (310) 804-6615, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, (209) 479-2053, [email protected] Jeff Miller, Center for Biological Diversity, (510) 499-9185, [email protected] Agencies Promoting Delta Water Diversions Asked to Correct Tunnel VisionState and Federal Agencies Ignoring Delta Ecosystem Improvement Alternatives SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Conservation groups in California warned regulators today that their rush to approve construction of massive water-diversion tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta violates state and federal laws. The letter sent to federal and state agencies that are promoting the so-called Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)/California Water Fix underscored the agencies’ failure to consider alternatives that would reduce [...]

10 Questions Delta Tunnels Boosters Don’t Want Asked

Contact: Brian Smith 415-320-9384 [email protected]; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209-479-2053 [email protected] Top Ten Questions Delta Tunnels Boosters Don’t Want You to Ask 1. How will construction of the tunnels over a fourteen-year period help with drought? 2. Will the state conduct a full cost-benefit analysis of the project that includes the value of freshwater to the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary? 3. How much water is available for export through the tunnels in a drought after prior water rights and public trust needs are met? And if there isn’t any, how often will the tunnels be dry? 4. How does California Water Fix help reduce reliance on Delta imports as mandated by the 2009 Delta Reform Act? 5. The State Water Resources Control [...]

Delta Flows: July 12, 2015

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” – Charles E. Weller Now is the time for all good Californians to stand up for the Delta (LAST PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE TUNNELS) We are sure that most of our followers know by now that the Delta Tunnels/CA Water Fix/BDCP/Dated Peripheral Canal Retread is now back in the public commenting period. Listen to our press teleconference by clicking here and learn how new lipstick on this pig of a project fails to make it any more appealing. A revised partial EIR/EIS (Environmental Impact Report) was posted July 9, 2015 and public comments are due August 31, 2015. The Brown Administration’s official propaganda push [...]

Action Alert: Let’s transform the open house 7/28 in Sacramento!

California friends, Note: ARE YOU PLANNING TO ATTEND? Click here to get all the info you need to know! This is the last of two public hearings on the Delta boondoggle tunnels project. They are making it an open house so that they don’t have to listen to public comments or respond to the outrage of hundreds of thousands of Californians who oppose the destruction the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas. Help us transform the open house. Our goal: a video of how large we really are to share with the Secretary Jewell at the Department of the Interior and with President Obama. We will provide you with insightful questions to ask, help you craft your [...]

DELTA TUNNELS: New Plan, New EIR, Same Old Water Grab

For Immediate Release: Wednesday 7/8/15 Contact: Brian Smith, 415/320-9384, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209/479-2053 [email protected] DELTA TUNNELS: New Plan, New EIR, Same Old Water GrabThree government actions imperil the largest estuary on the West Coast Listen to our teleconference: Sacramento, CA – Today, Restore the Delta and a coalition of advocates for the San Francisco Bay-Delta held a teleconference to preview the EIR/EIS for the revised Delta Tunnels project (formerly known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan) to be released on Friday, July 10. The old plan failed to meet federal standards under the Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act, or to pencil out for water users. Under the leadership of Governor Brown’s administration, and public relations efforts like Californians [...]