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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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Brown to Water Board: Fast Track River Flows Settlement to Fill Delta Tunnels

Additional river flows necessary to make Delta tunnels pencil out economically and environmentally

Restore the Delta’s executive director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla has released the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s September 19, 2016 letter to Chair Felicia Marcus of the State Water Resources Control Board regarding the need for comprehensive agreements on environmental flows for both the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. To read the Governor’s letter, click here.

“While Restore the Delta has pushed for a […]

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Restore the Delta: Unreleased Analysis Shows Delta Tunnels Will Require $6.5B Subsidy from State and Federal Taxpayers

Note: You can scroll down to media coverage at the bottom of this post.

A recent Public Records Act request from the CA Department of Water Resources, delivered to Restore the Delta, uncovered a draft economic analysis for Governor Brown’s Delta tunnels project authored by Dr. David Sunding of the Brattle Group from Fall 2015.

Read the PRA documents here.

The state’s cost benefit analysis calls for a $4.6 billion Federal taxpayer subsidy for the project to cover […]

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Run 4 Salmon seeks to protect fish, habitat, and tradition

It’s a dire time for wild Chinook salmon in California. Climate change, dam operations, watershed clear-cuts and the diversion of rivers for irrigation all threaten the survival of this keystone species.

To highlight the peril and demand action, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and a collective of Indigenous women, activists and allies are embarking on a 300-mile trek from the California Bay Delta to Mt. Shasta, re-creating the upstream swim of the salmon’s return to its native spawning grounds. They are […]

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