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Bay Delta plan costs triple

Sacramento, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD) coalition have warned that Gov. Brown’s administration – in its rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries – is refusing to follow its own guidelines for determining whether a project’s benefits outweigh its costs.

The latest cost estimate for building Peripheral Tunnels has tripled from initial estimates, and not a shovel has yet been turned. “The first estimate was $4 billion, and is […]

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There are alternatives to the Bay Delta Plan

C ross-posted from Restore the Delta | The Restore the Delta Coalition, which Alliance for Democracy supports, has put out an alternative proposal to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to meet California’s water needs without further damaging the Bay-Delta ecosystem.

Restore the Delta maintains that the “Responsible Exports Plan” by the Environmental Water Caucus, offers a truly comprehensive plan for both the Delta and the state.

The Environmental Water Caucus (EWC) is a statewide consortium […]

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May 28: Experts to Analyze Costs of Peripheral Tunnels:

Media Advisory | Restore the Delta will present a panel of experts to brief interested media on the cost and financial burden of the proposed Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), including Peripheral Tunnels, at 1:30pm on Tuesday, May 28, as the Brown Administration releases its financial impacts.

The panel will look at key questions such as : Whom would the Peripheral Tunnels benefit? What are the true costs of the Peripheral Tunnels? Who would pay? Is there a more cost-effective solution?

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History of the Airline Road

Link to comprehensive history of the Airline Road.

Takings Bill Testimony from DW4L, LD 1810, 2-21-12

Written Testimony to the Judiciary Committee in Opposition to LD1810

February 21, 2012 ~ State House Room 438

Good afternoon Senator Hasting, Representative Nass, and other honorable members of the Judiciary Committee:

Unfortunately I am unable to make it to testify in person. My name is Chris Buchanan and I’m an organizer with Defending Water for Life in Maine. We are submitting written testimony in opposition to LD1810 because it will undermine individual rights by giving corporations […]

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Tethys Raw Materials Import and Product Export Chart

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World Bank Sponsors ‘Water Resources Group’ aiming to Privatize Water Services in Less Developed Countries

Chris Buchanan, DW4L, December 8, 2011

In 2007, the World Economic Forum Water Initiative was created to “raise awareness among governments, businesses, and the expert community about the challenge of managing future water needs, and on piloting public-private-expert platforms for reform.” http://www3.weforum.org/docs/IP/MM/Water_Resources_Group_Phase2_4pager.pdf

Out of this initiative came the 2030 Water Resources Group. Formed in 2008, the WRG was sponsored by the International Finance Corporation, a part of the World Bank Group, which “provides investments and advisory services to […]

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A Report on Irrigation’s Impact to Groundwater on the Deschutes River, Oregon and Success of Mitigation Program

ACCEPTABILITY OF THE DESCHUTES GROUNDWATER MITIGATION PROGRAM by Eva Lieberherr*

 

 

Printed in Ecology Law Quarterly

This is a useful resource on how groundwater is effected by pumping, and an example of groundwater protection.

http://elq.typepad.com/currents/2011/06/currents38-04-lieberherr-2011-0607.html

Skagit County Climate Change Study

Skagit County Planning and Development Services, Wash., released a climate change study on the Skagit River Basin. The Climate Impacts Group/University of Washington conducted the study for Envision Skagit 2060. The website includes links to the following:

Executive Summary Basin Overview Climate Variability Climate Change Scenarios Glaciers Hydrology Geomorphology Ecosystems Human Systems Complete Report

See http://www.skagitcounty.net/Common/asp/default.asp?d=EnvisionSkagit&c=General&P=reports.htm

Indigenous Peoples Cosmovision and Relationship to Water: A Need for a New Paradigm in Water Policy and Water Management

Protect Our Manoomin: Communities must declare all water sources as sacred sites.

prepared 9/24/2011 by Renee Gurneau, Anishinaabe Indigenous Knowledge Institute, and Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network

“Indigenous elders, who have been grounded in culture and language, are the foundation of traditional education about water. They are our living treasures. Understanding the meaning of water helps us to understand our relationship with, and our interconnectedness with the natural world and with each other. The values of sharing and caring […]

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