RTD Action Alert: Federal Rider Would Eliminate Litigation Against Delta Tunnels

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A rider included in the draft House FY 19 Interior Appropriations bill would exempt CA WaterFix from judicial review, including preempting state law to preclude litigation under state laws. This dangerous precedent would prevent anyone with standing from suing the Delta … Continued

Department of Water Resources Director announces ‘organizational adjustments’ prompted by Delta Tunnels project

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In a memo released today, California Department of Water Resources Director Karla Nemeth outlined “organizational adjustments” prompted by the latest developments in Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project, also known as the California WaterFix. In the memo, she proclaimed, “Final permitting … Continued

Action Alert: Santa Clara Valley Water District will vote on Delta Tunnels on May 2!

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RESTORE THE DELTA’S BAY AREA ACTION ALERT: We need YOU at SCVWD Tunnels Vote on Wednesday, May 2 WHO: Delta advocates, representatives from environmental and public interest groups including Restore the Delta, and Santa Clara Valley Water District board of directors … Continued

Metropolitan Water District changes course on Delta Tunnels again

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The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, one of the key backers of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels plan, today changed its position against on whether to finance a two tunnels project or a staged project, with one tunnel to … Continued

State Senate appoints infrastructure development corporation executive to Delta Stewardship Council

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The Delta Stewardship Council, a strong supporter of Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels project, announced the appointment of Maria Mehranian to the Council by the Senate Rules Committee on March 16, 2018. “I am thrilled to join the Delta Stewardship Council and am … Continued

White Paper Commissioned by Delta Tunnels Proponents Claims CAWaterFix Would ‘Benefit’ Fish

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The Orange County Coastkeeper has commissioned a white paper, “Making the Delta a Better Place for Native Fishes,” claiming Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels could help to restore Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta fish if built. The report (https://www.coastkeeper.org/white-paper) is authored by Peter B. Moyle, … Continued

Former Panoche Water District Staff Charged With Embezzlement, Illegal Disposal of Hazardous Waste

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Just when you thought the corruption that infests California water politics couldn’t get any worse, it does. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on February 22 announced the arrest and filing of felony charges against five people for the misuse of public … Continued

Frazier: new DWR director is ‘too beholden to water contractors she must regulate’

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SACRAMENTO – While  Jerry Brown has been a genius at manipulating the media to portray him as a “green governor” and the state as the nation’s “green leader,”  the regulators have in fact been captured by the regulated in California. This is particularly true … Continued

Big Court Victory: 10-Year California Water Transfer Program Failed Analysis and Disclosure

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On February 15, Federal District Court Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill in Fresno issued an order supporting many of the claims made by AquAlliance and their co-plaintiff partners in a landmark lawsuit challenging water transfers from rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley … Continued

Brown administration proposes construction of Delta Tunnels in two stages

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After months of talk and speculation, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation yesterday announced plans for a two-stage implementation of Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels project, also known as the California WaterFix. In a letter … Continued