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Directly drinking treated wastewater could be in Californians’ future

For the first time, California regulators have warmed to the idea of directly serving up treated sewer water to residents, underscoring the difficulty officials have had in uniting around alternative means of setting the state’s water policy on stable foundations.

Direct use “A new report released by the State Water Resources Control Board last week outlines what needs to happen before drinking treated wastewater, also known as ‘direct potable reuse,’ becomes a reality,” Southern California Public Radio reported. In sum, […]

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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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Susana De Anda honored at White House event

Congratulations to Community Water Center Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Susana De Anda, who was honored by the White House as one of ten “White House Champions of Change for Climate Equity” in July. De Anda was a leader in California’s long fight to pass the nation’s first statewide Human Right to Water legislation, and for the past decade she has worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone in the state enjoys clean, safe, and affordable drinking water.

The passage of the […]

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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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Residents turn out to object to water grab

Blocked from bottling Cascade Locks water thanks to a referendum passed earlier this year in Hood River County, Oregon, Nestlé has its eyes on Washington State. But so far things aren’t going to plan.

An attempt to move operations to the town of Waitsburg, WA, for instance, resulted in angry residents packing a City Council meeting to object. According to one attendee, “I went to the first meeting held by the City Council and most of the citizens were absolutely […]

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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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Press release: Weed CA citizens and Weed Area Water Alliance sue City of Weed and Roseburg Forest Products to protect water rights, environment

From: Weed Area Water Alliance (W.A.W.A.) Press Contact: Vicki Gold 530.926.4206 ~victoria7@snowcrest.net

On June 23, long-time citizens of Weed and a newly formed citizens group, Weed Area Water Alliance, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Sacramento against the City of Weed and Roseburg Forest Products Company in response to their recent signing of a Water Lease Agreement. The lawsuit challenges the claim by the City that approval of the Water Lease Agreement did not require full review under the […]

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