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Restore the Delta rebuts the latest “Fast Facts” from Delta Tunnel backers

by Restore the Delta, July 5, 2016

On June 30, 2016 the California Natural Resources Agency put out another “fact sheet” extolling the virtues of the proposed California WaterFix (Delta Tunnels).

This new effort is entitled “Fast Facts” and like most of the claims made by tunnel proponents, it plays fast and loose with the facts.

Let’s take a deeper dive into some of the claims made in this new public relations effort…

CLAIM: Secure clean water […]

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Press release: Weed CA citizens and Weed Area Water Alliance sue City of Weed and Roseburg Forest Products to protect water rights, environment

From: Weed Area Water Alliance (W.A.W.A.) Press Contact: Vicki Gold 530.926.4206 ~victoria7@snowcrest.net

On June 23, long-time citizens of Weed and a newly formed citizens group, Weed Area Water Alliance, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Sacramento against the City of Weed and Roseburg Forest Products Company in response to their recent signing of a Water Lease Agreement. The lawsuit challenges the claim by the City that approval of the Water Lease Agreement did not require full review under the […]

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Groups that backed lawsuits challenging Delta Plan hail Superior Court decision

Sacramento, CA – Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny yesterday clarified his May 18, 2016 decision that the Delta Stewardship Council’s 2013 Delta Plan is now vacated and invalid. That clarification became final at a hearing today.

In 2013, the Delta Stewardship Council adopted a Delta Plan which established policies and made recommendations for the management and sustainability of the estuary. A total of seven lawsuits were filed soon after that, challenging the sufficiency and legality of the Delta Plan and […]

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Judge rules Delta Plan is “invalid”

by Dan Bacher

Judge Michael Kenny of the Sacramento Superior Court today ruled that the Delta Plan is “invalid” after a successful legal challenge by multiple Delta parties who argued that the controversial plan is not protective of the water quality or the fish species that depend on fresh water flows for their survival.

The Court, in its tentative ruling vacating the plan, said the Delta Stewardship Council must redo the Delta Plan to include a number of quantitative measures […]

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Water releases from Shasta Dam could lead to trouble for salmon

As this story details, this year’s average Sierra snowpack is melting early, raising concerns about the effect of water releases from Shasta Dam on endangered fish.

Farm interests lobbied for water releases in June, which began this week, but will enough extra water be available later in the year to ensure that winter-run salmon can make it up the Sacramento River in the deeper, cooler water they need to survive? Another year of die-offs might mean the extinction of […]

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A video report on a victory through SB88

Follow this link to watch a video report on the effect that the Human Right to Water law, SB88, has had for the residents of Matheny Tract, California. Matheny Tract is a small town of about 1,000 people in the Central Valley. A majority of its residents are immigrants who live under the poverty line. And many of them can’t remember the last time they had access to clean water. For eight years, Matheny Tract residents lived with known […]

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Does LA Have Enough Water for the Next 25 Years?

by Elijah Chiland, Curbed LA

A comprehensive plan approved this week by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power lays out strategies to continue providing water to this drought-afflicted city for the next 25 years. As KPCC notes, the plan says the area will have enough water–even if the drought continues and population increases by 500,000.

State water agencies are required to update urban water management plans every five years, but in the midst of a […]

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8 Reasons We Don’t Support the Garamendi/Feinstein Bills

by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta

As our readers are well aware Senator Dianne Feinstein’s drought bill (SB 2533) now has a companion bill in the House of Representatives. Congressman John Garamendi introduced HR 5247 this week which completely mirrors Senator Feinstein’s legislation. What our readers do not know is that Congressman Garamendi has attempted a full court press on Restore the Delta to support this legislation beginning back in February.

When Congressman Garamendi released his draft legislation, he […]

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Nestlé Just Gained Control Over This Town’s Water for the Next 45 Years

by Nathan Wellman (@LightningWow)

Tea Party Republican Governor Paul LePage of Maine helped Nestlé secure a contract that gives Poland Springs, a Nestlé subsidiary, permission to take the small town of Fryeburg’s groundwater for the next 25 years for their own profit. The deal could stretch to 45 years due to built-in extensions.

Today that deal was upheld by Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court, essentially cutting off activists’ last attempts to scuttle the deal.

There has never been a contract […]

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Nestle balks at US Forest Service water withdrawal terms

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Nestlé is objecting to the U.S. Forest Service’s terms for issuing it a new permit to continue piping water out of a national forest, saying the agency is overstepping its authority and infringing on the company’s water rights.

Nestlé Waters North America detailed its concerns publicly for the first time in a 79-page document submitted to the Forest Service. The company, the largest producer of bottled water in the country, has long drawn water from […]

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