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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

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

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

Cap-and-Trade: Big Oil lobbyist lauds outcome of carbon auction

If anybody had any illusions that the passage of Governor Jerry Brown’s cap-and-trade bill, AB 398, was good for the environment, one only has to read the statement issued by Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), on August 23 praising the results of the state’s carbon auction. By Dan Bacher  “Today’s successful carbon auction […]

August 29th

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

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

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

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

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. By Dan Bacher  This afternoon starting at 2 p.m., MWD […]

August 14th

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

California’s largest boating group says “No thanks” to Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels

The Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), a non-profit organization serving the boating community, on August 3 announced its opposition to Governor Jerry Brown’s California WaterFix/ Delta Tunnels, a massive construction project that they say could “seriously impact” boaters’ access to the Delta for many generations to come. By Dan Bacher  “The 1,000 miles of waterways in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta […]

August 10th