Browsing the "California water wars" Tag

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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

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

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: 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

Delta Tunnels: No surprise, WaterFix would raise rates for millions (and benefit millionaires)

On August 16, Fitch Ratings confirmed what Delta Tunnels opponents have been saying for years — the proposed California WaterFix project being currently fast-tracked by the Trump and Brown administrations would likely drive a significant increase in monthly water rates. By Dan Bacher  This increase in water rates would have a particularly egregious impact upon people in low income and […]

August 24th

Delta Tunnels project slammed by an avalanche of lawsuits

An avalanche of lawsuits against Governor Jerry Brown and President Donald Trump’s Delta Tunnels project has hit the courts. Today a coalition of groups filed a lawsuit against the Tunnels, considered by opponents to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history, in Sacramento Superior Court. By Dan Bacher  The groups include the AquAlliance, California […]

August 22nd

Delta Tunnels: The fight to block the California WaterFix comes down to the wire

In the latest battle in the California water wars, Restore the Delta (RTD) submitted a formal letter to the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, laying out “various fiscal, environmental, and supply reliability risks of the [California WaterFix/ Delta Tunnels] for not only Southern California, but the entire state.” By Dan Bacher  Growing numbers of Southern California ratepayers […]

August 12th

Drain the Swamp: Trump’s Interior Deputy just can’t stop lobbying

President Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C., but it appears that he has instead exchanged the swamp alligators with one horrendous “Creature from the Black Lagoon” after another in his administration. By Dan Bacher  In the latest Trump regime scandal, a prominent watchdog group called on the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colombia to […]

July 21st