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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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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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Restore the Delta: Brown Administration Seeks Federal Loans to Pay For Delta Tunnels

Restore the Delta has issued the following press release responding to a list of proposed infrastructure projects sent by Gov. Brown to the National Governor’s Association.

On February 7, 2017, Governor Brown’s Office sent a letter to the National Governor’s Association detailing a list of infrastructure projects totaling $100 billion for the State of California. Included, in the list of targeted projects is a request for low interest loans from the Federal Government to help water contractors pay […]

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A Rare Legislative Opportunity: Join Restore the Delta on February 28th!

Californians will have a rare legislative opportunity to voice opposition to Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project. The California Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee will be holding an important meeting to hear the public’s thoughts on Tuesday, February 28th. Restore the Delta’s goal is to fill the seats and the halls with the voices of people and friends of the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. The Delta needs as many people as possible to make a powerful statement with […]

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Single Tunnel Option Not a Quick Fix for the Delta

By Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore The Delta

The twin 40-foot-diameter, 30-mile-long tunnels would harvest Sacramento River water before it flows through the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. A vast majority of this water would be sent to Big Ag operations like The Wonderful Company in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. It will destroy the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas.

But as the San Francisco Chronicle recently editorialized, “The tunnel project, now marketed to Californians as WaterFix, […]

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Last chance to call on drought bill

Our friends at Restore the Delta are drawing our attention to another drought bill authored by Resnick-backed Congressman Valadao under the guise of “drought relief” for California. It is being pushed in Congress and the goal is to pass the bill by the end of the week. It has already passed the House and a Senate vote may take place today, so please call both Senator Boxer and Feinstein right away, if you haven’t already.

There is operational language […]

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How to Revive a Dying Delta

By Peter Drekmeier

Scientific reports published over the past several years have been unambiguous. The delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast, is on the brink of collapse.

Starved of freshwater inflow due to dams and water diversions, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta’s health has faced a precipitous decline over the past few decades. The recently released Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan offers our last best hope to revive the estuary that defines our region. The new plan […]

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Jerry Brown Admits Delta Tunnels is “unpopular” as legislators slam project

by Dan Bacher, Daily KOS

On the same day that Governor Jerry Brown jokingly praised former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for saddling him with the Delta Tunnels and other “unpopular policies,” four Northern California Congress Members and twelve state legislators issued letters strongly opposing the tunnels project.

Brown lauded Schwarzenegger for focusing on environmental issues at the tenth anniversary celebration of the passage of Assembly Bill 32, the legislation that established the state’s greenhouse emissions reductions, in the California Museum in […]

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