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

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

Delta Supervisors Slam Tunnels at Delta Conveyance Design & Construction JPA Meeting

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County Supervisors from the Delta Counties Coalition voiced their opposition to the construction of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels during the public comment period at the first board meeting of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority (DCA) on Thursday, May … Continued

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