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Restore the Delta asks for Governor’s Signature of SB1

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The politics surrounding SB1 are as murky as Delta water in late September.

But there is a clear story illuminated by an article today by LA Time’s veteran Sacramento-observer George Skelton. Senate leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has shown great courage in “standing up to a powerful new governor of her own party.”

In defying Newsom, she tried to protect California from Trump — and showed how legislating should work – […]

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SB 307 signed, providing state environmental oversight for water transfers

Good news! California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed SB 307, protecting public lands from a groundwater pumping project which would have taken 16 billion gallons of water every year from an aquifer under the Mojave Trails National Monument. The bill puts the “Cadiz Water Project,” on hold and gives the state authority to do an environmental review to assess the impacts of the extraction on land, including sacred indigenous sites, on recreational uses, and on the desert ecosystem, including endangered […]

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Questions and caution as California looks at single-tunnel water project

The dual-tunnel California WaterFix project is off the drawing board, but concerns about what might replace it remain as long as the state works on a promised assessment of a single-tunnel project for the Sacramento River Delta. This article takes a look at how that assessment process has begun, noting that much of the specifics of the project remain undefined, including “the path the tunnel would take, its capacity, and the number and location of intakes.” River advocates are […]

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Thanks to Rep. Garamendi for action on appropriations bill

We applaud Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA-3) for his attempt to amend HR 6147, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2019. Unfortunately, this bill doesn’t just fund various federal agencies, it also contains sections that prohibit lawsuits that seek to stop the Delta Tunnels and could also prohibit groups from bringing suit to stop other damaging water infrastructure projects.

Rep. Garamendi’s bid to amend was ruled out of order, or, as he wrote in an […]

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Metropolitan Water District Feigns Legislative Distance Over Calvert Rider: Public Record Act Documents Reveal Complicit Action Including Other CA Water Districts & Agencies

For immediate release: July 2, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, barbara@restorethedelta.org

STOCKTON – Restore the Delta recently acquired a series of documents contained in a Public Records Act Request (PRA) from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD or Metropolitan) that indicate respective staff members from MWD, Kern County Water Authority (KCWA), and the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCWVD) reviewed the extent to which the House Appropriations spending bill met their previously planned […]

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Weed CA and Mt. Shasta water featured in documentary series

Weed, CA water rights, Mount Shasta and the topic of water bottling and water privatization will be the focus of the fourth episode of an upcoming series on food and water, produced by UK’s Fusion/LightBox Productions. Here’s a one minute trailer advertising the 8-part series. While the Weed area water protectors are only on screen for 5 seconds, starting at 0:34, they make their point, and the whole series looks like it will be worth checking out.

Episodes […]

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Restore the Delta: State Water Resources Control Board Fails To Conduct Impartial And Fair Hearings Regarding California WaterFix

STOCKTON, CA – Today, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a ruling that restarts California WaterFix hearings despite a change in the project for the proposed Delta tunnels (link to ruling to here). Recent motions to stay the hearing included intense criticism from Delta cities, counties, farmers, and environmental groups (protestants). The protestants had filed motions to stay the hearings as testimony in the tunnels hearings to date had assumed two tunnels constructed and operated simultaneously. […]

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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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