California Water Wars

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As California water wars heat up, state is… stealing signs?

In the latest episode in the Brown administration’s Signgate scandal, Restore the Delta Thursday released an expert legal opinion finding that the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) confiscation of Save the Delta! Stop the Tunnels! signs displayed by Delta land and business owners was done without any legal basis. The legal opinion from the First […]

July 15th

California’s peripheral canal – not yet in the bag

While the state and federal governments have doubled down on a water-sucking peripheral canal that would be a boon for big agribusiness and Southern California, other state officials are emphasizing that it’s not yet a done deal. The California Natural Resources Agency on August 29 held the first public meeting of the Bay Delta Conservation […]

September 2nd

Applause for Brown’s water-stealing tunnel (from the companies that will make millions)

California Governor Jerry Brown got some backing for his plan to ship water to big agriculture and Southern California sprawl. But the source shouldn’t come as a surprise: it’s the American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California). But Delta advocates disagree strongly with ACEC California’s rosy assessment of Brown’s peripheral tunnel plan, noting that […]

August 2nd

Opposition grows as Jerry Brown announces plan for water-stealing tunnel

Over 300 people, including fishermen, environmentalists, family farmers, and a large contingent of members of the Winnemem Wintu, Pit River, Hoopa Valley and Miwok Tribes, protested Wednesday’s announcement by Governor Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to fast track the plan to build the peripheral tunnels around the California Delta. During a press conference […]

July 27th

Has California’s peripheral canal been downsized? Not so much.

Delta advocates dismissed claims made by the Brown administration that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral canal or tunnel is being downsized. Restore the Delta slammed the administration for issuing a revised plan to construct a peripheral canal or tunnel without a cost-benefit analysis and without completing scientific studies in order […]

June 22nd

How big a boondoggle is California’s Delta Pipeline?

The California Legislature recently failed to pass legislation requiring a cost-benefit analysis before the peripheral canal or tunnel is built – and it is no surprise why the bill garnered so much opposition from corporate agribusiness and southern California water agencies. But an academic study says the pipeline would costs would be two and a […]

June 18th