Delta legislators to hold town hall on financial feasibility of Delta Tunnels project

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Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay), the co-chairs of the Delta Caucus, will hold a town hall in Walnut Grove on Thursday, November 30 to examine the financial feasibility of Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels project … Continued

Restore the Delta Action Alert: Beat Westlands’ Big Push Before the Holidays!

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While it was very helpful to have the Senate remove the Rep McCarthy drainage rider (H.R. 1769), a $320 million giveaway to the Westlands Water District, from the recent National Defense Authorization Act conference report, the leaders of Westlands are … Continued

Bombshell: Trump administration opposes Delta Tunnels (updated)

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The Trump administration does not support Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels project, reversing the Obama administration position in support of the project, according to a U.S. Department of the Interior spokesman. Interior deputy communications director Russell Newell told Ellen Knickmeyer … Continued

Delta smelt remains on edge of extinction, fall survey reveals

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The Delta smelt has not yet become extinct, but the numbers of fish collected in the fall 2016 midwater trawl survey conducted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remain alarmingly low. This is in spite of improved precipitation … Continued

Two top California water officials retire amidst growing opposition to Delta Tunnels

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Mark Cowin, the Director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and Carl Torgersen, the DWR Chief Deputy Director, will be retiring from their positions at the embattled agency at the end of 2016. News of the two officials’ … Continued

Governor Brown: don’t undermine environmental laws to push Delta Tunnels

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Delta advocates are very concerned that Jerry Brown may work with the incoming Donald Trump administration to weaken the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act to push through Brown’s “legacy” project, the Delta Tunnels, before he leaves office. On … Continued

Brown administration applies for permit to kill salmon, Delta smelt

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Governor Jerry Brown and other state officials have constantly claimed the Delta Tunnels project will “restore” the Delta ecosystem, but they revealed their real plans on October 7 when the administration applied for a permit to kill winter-run Chinook salmon, … Continued

Fitch Ratings Downgrades Westlands Water District’s Next Bond Sales

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It looks like the politically powerful Westlands Water District, one of the main backers of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels and Congressional legislation to eviscerate protections for Sacramento River Chinook salmon and Delta smelt, is in more financial trouble. Fitch … Continued

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