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

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

California WaterFix Hearing Delayed to February 8

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A critical hearing needed to approve Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels project has been delayed until February 8. The California Water Fix Hearing Team of the State Water Resources Control Board has delayed the hearing as it continues to … Continued

Delta and River Advocates Will Rally at Capitol to Oppose Maximizing Delta Exports; USBR Comment Meeting to Follow

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Klamath River Tribal Members, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, commercial and recreational fishing groups and Restore the Delta will hold a rally on Tuesday, January 23 in Sacramento to protest the Trump Administration’s plan to maximize Delta exports, followed by a U.S. … Continued

Delta Tunnels Opponents File Motion to Stay Hearing, Alleging Illegal Meetings

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In the latest battle in the struggle to stop Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project, project opponents today filed motions to stay the hearing for the project, based on what they alleged were “unlawful ex parte communications” between water board staff and Department … Continued

Breaking: Karla Nemeth appointed as new director of Department of Water Resources

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The embattled California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced a new director, Karla Nemeth, who has worked in key management positions at DWR since 2009, and the “restructuring” of key positions at the agency. The appointment of Nemeth comes in … Continued

Delta smelt population reaches record low as Reclamation aims to ‘maximize water deliveries’

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The abundance of Delta smelt recorded in the state’s annual fall midwater survey (FMWT) in the estuary is the lowest in the survey’s 50-year history, despite a record water year in Northern California. To make things even worse, the results of the survey … Continued

Breaking: Comment Period for Delta Plan Amendments Draft PEIR Extended to Jan. 22, 2018

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The Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) is extending the comment period for the Delta Plan Amendments Draft PEIR (Programmatic Environmental Impact Report) until Jan. 22, 2018. The controversial document promotes “dual conveyance,” a euphemism for Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels Plan, as the preferred … Continued

The Revolving Door: Senate Confirms Former MWD Official As Reclamation Commissioner

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On November 16, the U.S. Senate confirmed Brenda Burman, who served as a Department of Interior official under President G.W. Bush and later as special projects manager for the Metropolitan Water District MWD of Southern California, as the U.S. Department of the Interior … Continued

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

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