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California withdraws approvals for Delta Tunnels, begins planning process for single tunnel

The Newsom administration today shelved the plan to build twin Delta Tunnels  — and announced it will start a renewed environmental review for a single Delta Tunnel to facilitate the export of northern California water to San Joaquin agribusiness and Southern California Water agencies. By Dan Bacher As the Delta smelt moves closer and closer to extinction in […]

May 2nd

California Gov Newsom has backed down from Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels. But not far enough.

Bill Wells, the Executive Director of the California Delta Chambers & Visitor’s Bureau, has issued a statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s call to end the twin Delta Tunnels project and support a one tunnel plan instead. He said his organization continues to oppose diverting Sacramento River water around the Delta, the largest estuary on the […]

February 24th

About time! Bill to allow oversight of Delta Tunnels introduced in California legislature

On February 1, Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced legislation that will require more legislative oversight and public scrutiny of former Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels/California Water Fix Project. By Dan Bacher The bill was introduced as Delta advocates are criticizing the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA), a Joint Powers Authority (JPA), […]

February 2nd

If the salmon-killing Delta Tunnels hasn’t been approved yet, why is California awarding contracts?

Following the news that Jacobs been named the engineering design manager for the California WaterFix by the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA), the Fugro corporation has been awarded a major geotechnical investigation to support the Delta Tunnels/California WaterFix project. By Dan Bacher The Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA) has awarded the geotechnical investigation to Fugro […]

January 29th

Delta Tunnels: Jerry Brown is gone, but California Waterfix plan pushes forward

In spite of a multitude of lawsuits against the Delta Tunnels and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) withdrawing the project’s “certification of consistency” with the Delta Plan developed by the Delta Stewardship Council, the California WaterFix proposal continues to plod forward. By Dan Bacher A press release from Jacobs (NYSE: JEC), posted to PRNewswire on January […]

January 26th

Fishing groups, Winnemem Wintu Tribe sue CA Department of Water Resources to block Delta Tunnels

On January 16, a coalition of environmental, fishing, and Native American groups led by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen Association (PCFFA) filed suit against the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to overturn its latest attempt to press former Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels (California WaterFix) proposal upon California taxpayers. By Dan Bacher The suit, filed […]

January 17th

Jerry Brown had climate protestors arrested. Gavin Newsom’s wife joins them in singing “climate carols”.

On December 22, Idle No More SF Bay members and their allies sang  some special Christmas carols at the Marin County home of California Governor-Elect Governor Gavin Newsom. The lyrics in the songs asked him to make “courageous decisions on a survivable climate,” including stopping the oil drilling expansion, carbon trading program and Delta Tunnels project of Governor Jerry Brown, as well as opposing the […]

December 26th

Delta Tunnels: Jerry Brown says they’ll be built. (Meaning: “Rammed through”)

At an event at the Sacramento Press Club that I attended on December 18 entitled, “Jerry Brown, the Exit Interview,” Brown reflected on his five decades in public office, the state of political discourse in the country and the future of the Golden State. By Dan Bacher After journalist and author Miriam Pawel and Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton asked Brown a number […]

December 22nd

Jerry Brown’s last month continues to benefit big agriculture (hurting people and fish)

It’s been a busy month for California water issues as Jerry Brown gets ready to leave the Governor’s Office in January and made another deal with the Trump administration to benefit corporate agribusiness interests on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. By Dan Bacher First, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced that they and the […]

December 19th

Brown and Zinke announce water plan that will decimate fisheries and the Sacramento Delta

As Jerry Brown gets ready to leave the Governor’s Office in January, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced Thursday that they and the Bureau of Reclamation reached an agreement  on updating how the State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Water Project (CVP) are operated “to meet environmental regulations.” Fishermen, conservationists, Tribal leaders, environmental justice advocates, Delta […]

December 16th

Brown Administration withdraws key document necessary for approval of Delta Tunnels

In a major setback for Delta Tunnels proponents, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today sent a letter to Randy Fiorini, chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, announcing  the withdrawal of the Department’s “certification of consistency” for the California WaterFix. By Dan Bacher    

December 9th

Kamala Harris is against the water-stealing WIIN Act by Brown, Trump, Feinstein & McCarthy

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has announced her opposition to the controversial “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation” (WIIN) Act), a bill designed to increase water deliveries to agribusiness. The deal was proposed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and is supported by the Jerry Brown and the Donald Trump administration. By Dan […]

December 7th

WIIN act is a loser – California assemblyman calls on Brown and Feinstein to back off water-stealing bill

Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) just issued the following statement regarding Gov. Jerry Brown, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s proposed extensions to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act): By Dan Bacher “As Co-Chair of the California Legislative Delta Caucus, I urge Senator Feinstein, Governor Brown, and Representative McCarthy […]

December 5th

On his way out the door, Jerry Brown helps Big Agriculture steal more water

In a move that drew harsh criticism from fishing and environmental groups, California Governor Jerry Brown announced Friday that he backs the controversial Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act) provisions proposed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in a deal designed to increase water deliveries to agribusiness. By Dan Bacher “I support the 7-year […]

December 3rd

Delta Stewardship Council staff finds CA WaterFix is inconsistent with Delta Plan; Council chair urges #DWR to withdraw ‘certification’

On November 8, the Delta Stewardship Council staff released a draft report finding that the California WaterFix is not consistent with the Delta Plan after considering the appeals filed by an array of organizations, Tribes and governments to the “certification of consistency” filed by the California Department of Water Resources. The release of the staff report […]

November 26th