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Breaking: House Democrats seek GAO probe into federal scheme to fund Delta Tunnels

By Dan Bacher, Restore the Delta, October 24, 2017

Six House Democrats today asked the GAO, the federal watchdog agency that conducts investigations and audits on behalf of Congress, to issue a legal opinion about the Bureau of Reclamation’s funding scheme. The penalty for this type of misuse of public money can include removal from office. Here is the news release just in from Congressman Jared Huffman’s office:

Led by Reps. Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the […]

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Restore the Delta’s Response to Westlands Water District’s Vote on California WaterFix

FRESNO, Calif.— Restore the Delta issued an official statement on Westlands Water District’s vote on the California WaterFix.

Executive Director of Restore the Delta, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla said:

“Today is a very good day for California. By rejecting California WaterFix, the Westlands Water District has dealt a blow to the project. There are many better solutions for creating a sustainable water supply in California. Metropolitan Water District’s math is based on a sizable contribution from Westlands, so is Santa Clara Valley […]

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Restore the Delta finds gaping holes in MWD White Paper #3

Restore the Delta issued a formal response to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s third and final white paper on the Delta Tunnels. The response illuminates the gaping holes in MWD’s financial analysis on various CA WaterFix costs.

Executive Director of Restore the Delta, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla said: “MWD’s failure to analyze water costs in dry and drought years and water use by consumers so as to determine the real cost per household for WaterFix make this analysis […]

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Delta Tunnel opponents say Fed biological opinion ignores best available science

by Restore the Delta

Today’s decision by the Trump Administration attempts to green light the controversial Delta Tunnels project.

The decision was quickly denounced by San Francisco Bay-Delta activists who say the “best available science” about endangered species who depend on a healthy Bay-Delta was not fully considered, and may have been politically manipulated.

The biological opinion approves an “Incidental Take Permit” that would give the project a permission to harm and even kill federally protected species […]

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Stewardship Council actions threaten Delta water, ecosystem

Over the objections of Delta residents and environmental groups, including Restore the Delta, the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) endorsed proposed conveyance and storage amendments to the Delta Plan yesterday that aid the Brown Administration and special interest water districts attempting to fast-track the Delta Tunnels (also known as “California WaterFix”) proposal.

Individuals and groups opposed to the Delta Tunnels proposal requested the Council to follow Delta Reform Act mandates to reduce reliance on the Delta, invest in existing levees, protect […]

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Cuts to drought response in California budget shortchange resilience, access to water

Governor Brown’s revised state budget axed more than $100 in funding for drought response. This is a shortsighted response to what could very well be an ongoing problem of weather extremes–both droughts and storms that severely test the state’s water infrastructure, agricultural sector, and overall climate resilience.

According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News , a proposed budget increase of $179 million was reduced to $63 million, as a result of the five-year drought’s official […]

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San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors Denies Phillips 66’s Oil Trains Project

The San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors yesterday voted to reject Phillips 66’s proposed oil train offloading terminal. The project was denied with a 3-1 vote, with one supervisor recusing himself in a conflict of interest.

Phillips 66 had appealed the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission decision to reject their controversial oil train project last October, which came after a nearly three-year review process. More than 34,000 Californians have opposed the project in comments and petitions, and more than […]

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Restore the Delta releases “California’s Sustainable Water Plan
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On Tuesday, Restore the Delta released a survey of water projects and proposals that improve California’s regional water sustainability and provide good paying jobs. California’s Sustainable Water Plan highlights projects in communities statewide that are far smarter investments than Jerry Brown’s controversial and expensive Delta Tunnels (CA WaterFix) proposal. “The Oroville Spillway crisis this winter was a loud warning siren. The evacuation of 180,000 Californians for two days has brought into sharp focus the need to invest in California’s […]

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Restore the Delta releases “California’s Sustainable Water Plan
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Tonight on National Geographic, a look at water and power in California

Big storms and a generous Sierra snowpack indicate that the historic California drought may be coming to an end (though whether it will end with a return to even-tempered weather or be replaced by more climate weirdness remains to be seen).

A new documentary promises to shape our appreciation of how water politics have shaped, and been shaped, by which entities hold power in the state, and it airs tonight on the National Geographic channel at 9 p.m. Eastern. Entitled […]

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Big Oil’s Grip on California

In America’s greenest state, the industry has spent $122 million in the past six years to shape regulation and legislation. It wins more than you think.

By Michael J. Mishak, Center for Public Integrity

On the morning of June 21, 2011, a worker named Robert David Taylor was walking through an oil field west of Taft, California, when he noticed a plume of steam coming from the darkened earth. Taylor, 54, was a Chevron supervisor who had spent three decades […]

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