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A single water-stealing Delta Tunnel is no better than the twin tunnels plan

On January 15, in response to the Notice of Preparation by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for review of a single tunnel through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Don Nottoli, chair of the Delta Counties Coalition (DCC), made the following statement on behalf of the five jurisdictions that would be most negatively impacted including […]

January 21st

California barrels forward on its reckless fish-killing Delta Tunnel plan

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is moving full-speed ahead with its campaign to build the controversial single tunnel under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, as demonstrated in the latest Delta conveyance update from the agency yesterday. Conservationists, Tribal leaders, recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, environmental justice advocates, boaters, Delta business owners and elected leaders oppose […]

January 13th

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

Delta Tunnels: What’s next for California’s Waterfix after downgrade from twin tunnels to single

The California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today sent a letter to Hearing Officer Tam Doduc requesting  the State Water Resources Control Board to temporarily place the petition for a change in point of diversion for the California WaterFix (WaterFix CPOD) in abeyance and issue a temporary sixty (60) day stay on all […]

March 3rd

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

Gov Newsom names new chair and new member to Cali State Water Resources Control Board

California Governor Gavin Newsom just announced two key water appointments today when he appointed Joaquin Esquivel as Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board and Laurel Firestone as a new member of the Board. Under pressure from San Joaquin Valley agribusiness interests, Newsom failed to reappoint the current chair of the board, Felicia Marcus, who supported […]

February 15th

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

Newsom appoints former EDF staffer as California’s Natural Resources Czar

California Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Wade Crowfoot, chief executive officer of the Water Foundation from 2016 to 2018, to the position of Natural Resources Agency Secretary. The 45-year-old Crowfoot, of Oakland, will replace John Laird, who served as Secretary under Governor Jerry Brown since 2011. By Dan Bacher Crowfoot was deputy cabinet secretary and senior advisor to Governor Edmund G. […]

January 16th

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

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