California Water Wars

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Delta tunnels: California’s biggest water district says they’re “Not economically viable”

The Westlands Water District’s Board of Directors rejected Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project on September 19 because the California WaterFix “is not financially viable,” according to a statement from the district. By Dan Bacher The district also said they cannot support a project that would make water supplies “unaffordable” for Westlands farmers. The powerful agricultural water district’s rejection of […]

September 21st

California’s Delta Tunnels/ Waterfix dealt fatal blow – rejected by Westlands Water District

In a major victory for Delta Tunnels opponents, the Board of Directors of the Westlands Water District today voted 7 to 1 against their participation in Governor Jerry Brown’s California WaterFix project. By Dan Bacher Growers in the massive district, located on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, cited the high cost of the state-federal proposal as their […]

September 20th

CA Indian Water Commission and three environmental groups challenge Delta Tunnels financing

The California Indian Water Commission has joined the California Water Impact Network, AquAlliance and California Sportfishing Protection Alliance in filing a legal challenge to the financing of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels. By Dan Bacher A recent landmark 9th Circuit ruling states that federally reserved Indian water rights have precedent over all state and federal water […]

September 18th

Delta Tunnels – Who will pay back the bonds? (Hint: Cali taxpayers will be stuck with the bill)

A coalition of conservation groups today challenged the legality of proposed bonds that will be used to pay for the construction of the Twin Tunnels project. Also known as California WaterFix, the Delta tunnels would divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to Southern California. By Restore the Delta  The groups — Friends of the River, […]

September 18th

Drought-ravaged winter-run Chinook salmon hit rock bottom on the Sacramento River

Only 1,123 adult winter Chinook salmon, once one of the biggest salmon runs on the Sacramento River and its tributaries, returned to the Sacramento Valley in 2017, according to a report sent to the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). By Dan Bacher “This is the second lowest number of returning adult winter […]

September 15th

Delta Tunnels: Bureau of Reclamation is “Beyond reclamation.”

The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the group that filed the original complaint resulting in the audit that revealed the $84.8 million in illegal Bureau of Reclamation payments to the California Department of Water Resources for the planning of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels Project, today issued a statement concluding that the Bureau of Reclamation is “now beyond reclamation.” […]

September 11th

Why did the Fed Interior Dept misuse $84 million for California Delta Tunnels planning?

A federal audit has determined that the U.S. Department of Interior improperly used $84 million in federal taxpayer’s money in the planning process for Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project. By Dan Bacher Mary Kendall, the deputy federal inspector general for the U.S. Department of Interior, today issued a 42 page report detailing the misuse of the […]

September 8th

California Water Policy conference sponsored by… the usual corporate suspects

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) will holds its “Priorities for California’s Water” conference in Sacramento on Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street, Magnolia and Camellia rooms, Sacramento, CA. By Dan Bacher “This past year was a prime example of California’s highly variable climate—and a precursor of the […]

September 7th

Delta Tunnels: Central Valley Basin Water Agency to vote TODAY

The Central Basin Water Agency will vote today on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed multi-billion-dollar Delta Tunnels project, considered by public trust advocates to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history By Dan Bacher  UPDATE: No vote today after all. YES! Vote will be delayed to 9/25 @CentralBasin. 5 Voted Yes to Delay. […]

August 28th

California’s largest union opposes wasteful Delta Tunnels/ WaterFix

An open letter from the SEIU to the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors Subject: Oppose California Water Fix/ Tunnels Dear Board of Directors: Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721 urges you to oppose the proposal to build massive water tunnels in Northern California, known as the so-called California WaterFix. Our 97,000 members deliver public services in […]

August 25th

Delta Tunnels: Instead of real numbers, WaterFix backers only offer wishes and prayers

Restore the Delta’s Responses  to Metropolitan Water District’s Financing and Cost Allocation White Paper  After 11 years on the drawing board, MWD’s third California WaterFix white paper (WP#3) still only has rough estimates, licks and promises, and wishes and prayers for allocating costs and financing California WaterFix (CWF). It would be pathetic, if it were not […]

August 25th

Delta Tunnels: Restore the Delta tells MWD WaterFix is NO solution

Open letter from Restore the Delta to MWD Subject:  Metropolitan Water District Participation in California WaterFix Dear Chair Record, Vice Chairs, and District Board Members: Restore the Delta advocates for local Delta stakeholders to ensure that they have a direct impact on water management decisions affecting the water quality and well-being of their communities, and […]

August 24th