Council staff says CA WaterFix inconsistent with Delta Plan; Council chair urges DWR to withdraw ‘certification’

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Photo: Randy Fiorini, Delta Stewardship Council Chair (center), said he “would strongly encourage the Department to consider withdrawing the certification of consistency.” Photo by Dan Bacher. On November 8, the Delta Stewardship Council staff released a draft report finding that … Continued

Memories: Secret Meeting Participants Flee from Delta Residents, Fishermen

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This article published here in October of 2010 covers the bizarre experience of four of us who tried to attend a secret meeting of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the predecessor to the California WaterFix plan to build the Delta Tunnels, … 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

Legislative Budget Committee Postpones Hearing on Extending SWP Contracts to Fund Delta Tunnels

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California’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee announced Thursday, August 9, that they have postponed indefinitely a hearing on extending State Water Project contracts to fund Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels, despite pressure from Brown and the Department of Water Resources. That … Continued

Resnicks donate $100,000 to Prop. 3 water bond campaign

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Stewart and Lynda Resnick, the Beverly Hills billionaire owners of the Wonderful Company, and many of the same agribusiness interests that promote the Delta Tunnels are now funding the campaign to pass Jerry Meral’s water bond, Prop. 3, on the November … 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

New map reveals massive number of offshore oil wells in California waters

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On January 4, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown joined Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee in condemning President Donald Trump’s plan to expand oil and gas drilling in federal waters as “reckless” and “short-sighted.” Ironically, as the three … Continued

New California WaterFix Environmental Document with ‘Design Changes’ Released

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The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on June 12 posted online a new document that details the environmental impact of proposed design changes purporting to minimize impacts felt by Delta communities and the ecosystem if Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project is … Continued