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VIDEO: Our Public Comments to President Obama and Secretary Jewell

For Release: 8/13/2015 Contact: Brian Smith, 415-320-9384, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected], Twitter @RestoreTheDelta   VIDEO: Restore the Delta Sends Public Comments to  President Obama and Secretary Jewell  Sacramento – Today, Restore the Delta sent public comments in the form of two DVD videos to President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.   Watch the Video Read the Letter On July 28, 2015 the agencies boosting the Delta Tunnels Plan/CA Water Fix (formerly, Bay Delta Conservation Plan) presented their new plan to the public at a hotel in Sacramento.   Booster agencies were determined to avoid a traditional public hearing where public statements are made before listening to decision-makers. Instead, the agencies and their consultants presented the Delta Tunnels plan as an “open [...]

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 [...]

In Case You Missed It: Articles of Interest on Gov. Brown’s Tunnels

Contact: Brian Smith, 415-320-9384, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected] In Case You Missed It… Revised Delta Tunnels EIR Further Worsens The Project’s Already Lousy Economics “In 2012, I estimated the net benefits of the Tunnels’ as -$6 billion. In 2013, BDCP consultants estimated +$5 billion. Virtually all of the $11 billion difference was driven by differing water yield estimates that were entirely due to the regulatory assurance (50-year permit) assumption. After these changes, I think my -$6 billion from 2012 look overly generous, and something like -$8 billion in net benefits seems more likely. “The project just keeps getting worse for the water exporters. If the water agencies’ leaders were really looking out for their ratepayers and the best [...]

DELTA TUNNELS – Public Demands More Time for Review

For Immediate Release: 7/16/2015 Contact: Bob Wright – Senior Counsel, Friends of the River 916-442-3155 x207 [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta 209-479-2053 [email protected] Conner Everts – Environmental Water Caucus 310-804-6615 [email protected] DELTA TUNNELS – Public Demands More Time for Review Expedited process makes informed feedback on massive plan “virtually impossible.” Sacramento, CA – In a letter sent to federal and state agencies today, a broad coalition of nonprofit environmental and community organizations, and California Indian Tribes called for more time for the public to consider “one of the most controversial public works projects in California history.” Read the letter here: The letter sent today to the Department of the Interior, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, California Natural Resources Agency, [...]

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 [...]

Read or Listen: MWD after Bay-Delta estuary: Funds $600,000 Attack on Delta Water Rights

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 12, 20145 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta; Bob Wright, FOR, 916/442-3155 x207; [email protected] Brown Administration Hides Truth About Tunnels From Public, Tunnels Opponents Post Suppressed Public Comments: Includes EPA, Army Corps of Engineers & State Water Resources Control Board; MWD Funds Misguided $600,000 Attack on Delta Water Rights, Would Ruin Sustainable Family Farms NOTE: Technical difficulty between 22:02 to 23:52 Sacramento, CA- Friends of the River (FOR), Restore the Delta (RTD) and other opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta of freshwater and doom sustainable farms, and salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today announced posting on the Friends of the [...]

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 [...]