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Feds to Probe Misuse of State Funds for Delta Tunnels

by Dan Bacher, indybay.org

The Department of Interior’s Inspector General has opened an investigation into the possible illegal use of millions of dollars by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in preparing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels Plan.

The investigation resulted from a complaint the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed on the behalf of a Bureau of Reclamation employee on February 19, 2016.

The complaint, made public in a […]

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Modesto Bee: “Tunnels don’t add up, now we know why”

This editorial ran in Sunday’s Modesto Bee and does a great job pointing out the “Enron accounting” behind proposed Delta tunnels water diversions:

For years now, Gov. Jerry Brown has been telling us that he will save the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – the greatest fresh-water estuary on this side of the continent – by taking water out of it.

Environmental scientists have hustled out to make his case. Wildlife experts have joined the “Oyez” chorus. And state water managers […]

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As California Water Infrastructure Crumbles, Water Districts Consider Wasting $1.2 Billion on the Delta Tunnels

Stockton, CA – Opponents of the Delta Tunnels today questioned the wisdom of state water districts investing another $1.2 billion in the plan while local water infrastructure in Santa Clara Valley and Los Angeles continues to leak and burst.

As reported by the San Jose Mercury News on Tuesday, “Silicon Valley’s largest water provider will have to spend at least $20 million to drain, test and repair a critical water pipeline that failed last summer and may have more […]

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Internal memo reveals ‘the fix is in’ on Delta tunnel plan

by Dan Bacher

Advocates for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, Central Valley salmon and openness and transparency in government have often stated that the “fix is in” on Governor Jerry Brown’s peripheral tunnel plan.

Their contention that the process is rigged and unjustly manipulated by state officials and water contractors was only confirmed in a May 6 memorandum sent to Department of Water Resources (DWR) staff from DWR Director Mark Cowin indicating that the Brown administration is stepping up its […]

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Hundreds of Tribal representatives and water activists join huge rally to oppose fracking

Stop Fracking Around. Klamath Justice Coalition gather in Sacramento

Based on an original article by Dan Bacher

Hundreds of indigenous people from California and across the country as well as water activists involved in fighting the Delta Water and other water infrastructure projects gathered with a crowd of over 4000 activists at the State Capitol in Sacramento on March 15 to send a clear message to Governor Jerry Brown: ban fracking, an environmentally destructive oil extraction practice that pollutes groundwater, rivers and the oceans.

Many of the speakers […]

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California can’t tunnel its way out of drought

California aqueduct. Credit: Don Barrett http://www.flickr.com/photos/donbrr

Crossposted from Restore the Delta. Opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today called the tunnels a flawed solution for a drought-plagued state. The experts criticized the tunnels as an outdated, inappropriate solution to California’s water challenges, one that would create no new water, be of no use in dry years, and drain $70 billion that could otherwise be spent on projects that create […]

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Campaigners call for more consultation as Delta plan costs rise to $67 billion

Sacramento River

By Dan Bacher. Campaigners have called for the Brown Administration to extend the time for citizens to comment on the massive Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) as news emerged that the total costs for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan could be as high as $67 billion.

This new figure was revealed at a Westlands Water District board meeting in November 2013 by a Westlands staff member and a Citigroup bond consultant. It counters the claims by Brown administration officials […]

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10 reasons to oppose the Bay Delta tunnel project

Thanks to Restore the Delta for the suggested points.

It will cost a lot of money: close to $17 billion to construct the Peripheral Tunnels, plus $8 billion for conservation measures. This doesn’t include financing costs over the 50-year term of the project, which bring the total to over $50 billion. When was the last time that you saw a major public works project that didn’t far exceed initial cost estimates? […]

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 Bay Delta Conservation Plan is not the ‘most realistic plan’

Stop the tunnels

by Dan Bacher

Dennis McEwan’s opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee glorifying the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels is a classic example of the triumph of political science over natural science that characterizes the agency that he works for, the Department of Water Resources (DWR).

Nowhere in this piece does the DWR biologist mention that federal agency scientists skewered the BDCP’s draft environmental documents – and have repeatedly said that the […]

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Winnemem Wintu Reject Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Carleen Sisk, chief of the Winnemem Wintu

Chief Caleen Sisk re-affirmed the Winnemem Wintu opposition’s against the construction of the peripheral water export tunnels and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), as Governor Jerry Brown’s administration released the preliminary Environmental Impact Report and the BDCP plan to the public on December 9 2013.

As California’s State Water Project currently operates, far too much water is sucked from the San Francisco/Sacramento Delta, the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast, and sent to the state’s water brokers, who support […]

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