LA County ratepayers rally against the Brown/Trump water-stealing Delta Tunnels

  • Published on August 14th, 2017

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) is considering raising water bills and taxes in Los Angeles County to fund Governor Jerry  Brown and President Donald Trump’s giant multi-billion-dollar Delta Tunnels, considered by opponents to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history.

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This afternoon starting at 2 p.m., MWD will hold a workshop to discuss the release of their financing plan and the projected cost to Los Angeles ratepayers.

“Ratepayers will converge at today’s meeting today to protest this unfair rate and tax hike,” according to Brenna Norton of Food & Water Watch in a news advisory.

The average L.A. customer would see their water bills rise from $200 to over $393 annually for up to 75 years, according to an independent analysis by EcoNorthwest.

Background: LA ratepayers will pay for Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels (but big agriculture gets all the water)

“The Trump and Brown Administrations recently gave the green light for proposed Delta Tunnels, also known as the CaliforniaWater Fix,” said Norton.  “The final decision on whether to fund the tunnels rests with individual cities and agencies like Central Basin and Mayor Garcetti, and other local officials.”

As I predicted on election night 2016, Jerry Brown, in spite of all his feigned “resistance” to Trump, has teamed up with the president to build the two massive 35-mile long tunnels that will divert water from the Sacramento River to irrigate corporate farms on drainage impaired land in the Southern San Joaquin Valley.

The rally and public meeting will take place at the Metropolitan Water District, 700 North Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA 9001, today  August 14th, at 2:00 pm

Norton said Spanish speakers will available for interview. Advocates will be available for interviews prior at 1:30 outside in the courtyard, and also following the meeting.

For more information, contact Brenna Norton, Food & Water Watch, 310 266 4481.

RTD and others respond to MWD’s Delta Tunnels white paper

Also today, Restore the Delta (RTD) issued a formal response to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California third and final white paper on the Delta Tunnels. “The response illuminates the gaping holes in MWD’s California's $15+ billion waterstealing "WaterFix" boondogglefinancial analysis on various CA WaterFix costs,” according to a statement from RTD.

“With its latest financing paper, MWD pedals a wish and a prayer to its board that a $17 billion Tunnels project will only cost its 6.2 million residential customers $2 to $3 per month,” said Policy Analyst for Restore the Delta, Tim Stroshane. MWD’s rosy picture omits the cost of their customers’ Tunnels water use. This is analytical malpractice of the highest order.”

Executive Director of Restore the Delta, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla said: “MWD’s failure to analyze water costs in dry and drought years and water use by consumers so as to determine the real cost per household for WaterFix make this analysis invalid. MWD staff clearly wants to build this project so that water can be sold for maximum profit.”

“Metropolitan Water District continues to paint the Tunnels in the best light, using the lowest cost estimates possible,” Policy Advocate for the Sierra Club (CA) Kyle Jones stated, “This proposed fantasy ignores costs of mitigation for their environmental harm, and assumes that all contractors are willing to pay for this $68 billion boondoggle.

“Metropolitan also cherry picks alternative options for the Tunnels that look at only the most expensive options. Any true alternatives analysis, including conservation, efficiency, and groundwater cleanup, would show that there’s a better path forward for Metropolitan customers to develop a climate-resilient water system that isn’t conditioned on destroying the San Francisco Bay Delta,” stated Jones.

“University of the Pacific Economist Dr. Jeff Michael and NRDC Senior Attorney Doug Obegi expressed similar sentiments in their respective analyses on MWD white paper #3. We thank them for their ongoing commitment to discovering the true costs and financial irresponsibility of the CA WaterFix project,” said Barrigan-Parrilla.

To read Obegi’s blog, click here.

To read Michael’s blog, click here.

To read Restore the Delta’s response, click here.


About the Author

Dan Bacher is an environmental journalist in Sacramento who focuses on California's water issues, a healthy environment for the salmon fishery of the Northwest, and the attempts by big agriculture and big oil to hog all the water.