Jacobs Selected as Engineering Design Manager for California WaterFix/Delta Tunnels Project

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In spite of a multitude of lawsuits against the Delta Tunnels and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) withdrawing the project’s “certification of consistency” with the Delta Plan developed by the Delta Stewardship Council, the California WaterFix proposal continues to plod forward. … Continued

Senator Feinstein Drops Support for Amendment to WIIN Act (for Now)

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In a letter sent out to constituents on January 17, Senator Dianne Feinstein said she has withdrawn her support, at least for now, for a proposed amendment to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN Act) that would have weakened protections for … Continued

Jerry Brown Claims Delta Tunnels ‘Will Be Built’ In Exit Interview, Newsom Sworn In

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    At  an event at the Sacramento Press Club that I attended on December 18 entitled, “Jerry Brown, the Exit Interview,” Brown reflected on his five decades in public office, the state of political discourse in the country and … Continued

For the first time ever, zero Delta smelt found in CDFW Fall Midwater Trawl

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The Delta smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus), a 2 to 3 inch native fish listed under both federal and state Endangered Species Acts, is found only in the Delta estuary. It is regarded as an indicator species, a fish that demonstrates the health of … Continued

Prop. 3 money marked for Delta ‘restoration’ tied to Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels

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As billionaire agribusiness tycoons Stewart and Lynda Resnick and other agribusiness interests continue to dump hundreds of thousands of dollars into Jerry Meral’s Yes on Proposition 3 campaign, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta, offers her analysis of the controversial water bond. Her critique … Continued

Dr. Jeffrey Michael, Restore the Delta Critique California WaterFix Benefit-Cost Analysis

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On September 20, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released a Benefit-Cost Analysis for the Delta Tunnels written by Dr. David Sunding of the Brattle Group claiming that the California WaterFix could bring “billions of dollars in benefits” to … Continued

Metropolitan Water District Revotes to Fund $10.8 Billion of $17 Billion Delta Tunnels

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Following numerous violations of the Brown Act that guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California Board of Directors was forced on July 10 to retake … Continued

Natural Resources Secretary John Laird Opposes Rider Banning Delta Tunnels Lawsuits

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In a victory for Delta Tunnels opponents urging the Brown administration to oppose Congressman Ken Calvert’s rider banning judicial review of the tunnels and other water projects, California Natural Resources Secretary Laird on July 17 sent a letter to members on the Senate and … Continued