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A look at the couple who use more water than LA and San Francisco combined

Here’s a long read from Mother Jones, but a good one: Lynda and Stewart Resnick have sold consumers on Wonderful pistacios and Halo/Cutie mandarin oranges, own vast groves of grapefuirt, oranges, and lemons, plus Fiji Water and Teleflora. Their success is built in part on a mastery of California’s water rules, to the point where “they are now thought to consume more of the state’s water than any other family, farm, or company… more of it in some years […]

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Delta Tunnels: Restoring An Estuary by Diverting Its Water?

by Dan Bachter, Daily KOS

After covering fish, water, and environmental justice issues in California and the West for over 30 years as an investigative journalist, I’ve concluded that the California Water Fix, the new name for the Delta Tunnels, is the most environmentally devastating public works project I’ve ever encountered.

I’ve published hundreds of articles about the Delta Tunnels, Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to divert Sacramento River water 30 miles under the California Delta to facilitate its export to […]

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San Francisco Chronicle: Dissent brews over governor’s $16 billion water project

By Kurtis Alexander July 26, 2016

By the time the Sacramento River winds its more-than-400-mile course from the slopes of Mount Shasta past the state capital, it’s well into its leisurely stride, running slowly by fields of sweet corn, tomatoes and alfalfa.

But this lazy stretch of river, just south of Sacramento, is a metaphorical whitewater. The rural Sacramento County town of Hood, at the north end of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, is where state and federal authorities have […]

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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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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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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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Restore the Delta seeks details on Delta Tunnels/CA WaterFix funding

Restore the Delta has sent a detailed request under the California Public Records Act to the California Department of Water Resources and five other public agencies seeking details on the funding plan for the proposed Delta Tunnels (CA WaterFix).

The letter asks the agencies for copies of documents relating to the project, including meeting minutes, presentations, contracts, requests for proposals, and financial records. They also seek answers to several questions, including sources of planning and design funding for the […]

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California’s Thirsty Almond Acreage Increased by 60,000 Acres in 2015!

by Dan Bacher, Daily KOS

As Governor Jerry Brown urged Californians to “Save Our Water” by taking shorter showers and letting our lawns turn brown, corporate agribusiness continued to expand its acreage in water-intensive almond trees in the Central Valley.

California’s 2015 almond acreage is estimated at 1,110,000 acres, up 6 percent from the 2014 revised acreage of 1,050,000, according to a California Department of Food and Agriculture report released today.

That’s up 60,000 acres from 2014’s estimated acreage. […]

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Still Time to Register for Delta Tribunal

The “What would the Delta Say? Rights of Nature Tribunal” is coming up at the end of April, but there is still room for participants. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required–you can rsvp and learn more about the event here.

What would the Delta Say? Rights of Nature Tribunal

at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center 213 F St. in Antioch, California

Saturday, April 30th 9:30am – 3:30pm

The Tribunal will address nature’s, […]

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