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

Groups Accuse Metropolitan Water District of Violating Brown Act, Jeopardizing Tunnels Vote

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On the eve of tomorrow’s vote on the Delta Tunnels by the Santa Clara Valley Water District, two groups today accused the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California’s Board of Directors of “blatantly violating” the Brown Act, the state’s landmark open government … 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

Governor Jerry Brown makes last minute appeal to Metropolitan Water District to vote for full Delta Tunnels project

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California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday made a last minute appeal to the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors to vote for the full Delta Tunnels project today, April 10, at their highly-anticipated meeting in Los Angeles. In a letter to … 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

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

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

Brown administration releases cost-benefit analysis for California WaterFix

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The Brown administration today released the long-awaited cost-benefit analysis for the Delta Tunnels, claiming that the plan could “bring billions of dollars in benefits.” Delta Tunnels opponents countered that the analysis is “incomplete,” as it only examines the initial phased-in … 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

State Water Board rejects hearing delay motions from Delta Tunnels opponents

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The California WaterFix hearing officers for the State Water Resources Control Board yesterday denied the motions by Delta Tunnels opponents to delay the hearing on the permits to build the project, based on alleged illegal exparte communications between Water Board and Department … Continued