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CA Tribes and Environmental Justice Groups File Comments on Water Voluntary Agreements

Stanford, CA, February 9, 2023 – A coalition of California Tribes and Bay-Delta Environmental Justice groups submitted comments on 2/8/23 regarding the Draft Scientific Basis Report for proposed Voluntary Agreements (VAs) for the Sacramento River, Delta, and Tributaries Update to the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Quality Control Plan.  The comments were filed with the State Water Board […]

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Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla: Delta Tunnel: DWR Files Contract Validation before Project Plan or Environmental Review

Sacramento, CA, Aug. 7, 2020 – Yesterday, the California Department of Water Resources filed a validation complaint to be positioned to sell bonds for the design, planning, and construction of the Delta Conveyance Project (Delta Tunnel), even though no project plan or environmental impact report has been released to the public for review.Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of […]

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Restore the Delta Applauds State Legal Action Against Trump’s Water Plan

Stockton, CA, April 23, 2020 – On Earth Day 4/22/20, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed new documents in the State’s ongoing legal action seeking to overturn the Trump Administration’s new biological opinions for federal water pump operations in the San Francisco Bay-Delta. The Trump biological opinions are the result of an administration intent on weakening the protections required […]

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Restore the Delta Submits Comments on Delta Plan

STOCKTON, CA, Jan. 21, 2020 – Restore the Delta today filed comments today on the proposed Delta Plan ecosystem restoration amendments currently being considered by the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC). Among the concerns about Delta stewardship are climate impacts, harmful algal blooms, and protecting indigenous and Delta environmental justice communities. Here are a few quotes from […]

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Congressman Garamendi Asserts Delta Tunnels LOI is Dishonest in Letter to EPA

September 20, 2018 – Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA 3rd District) recently sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Andrew Wheeler describing the “misrepresentations” present in the Delta Conveyance Finance Authority (DCFA) Letter of Interest (LOI) for the Delta Tunnels project, formally known as the California WaterFix. The Congressman’s letter asserts that the WaterFix […]

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Restore the Delta PRA Request Shows Kern County Water Agency and MWD Worked Together on Valadao Rider

July 9, 2018 – Restore the Delta’s recent PRA request documents from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) reveal that Kern County Water Agency (KCWA) and MWD consulted Ken Calvert’s Legislative Aide, Ian Foley, on the language of the Valadao Rider—a supplemental provision to the House Appropriations spending bill that would exempt the […]

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DWR Director Nemeth Contracted with State Water Agencies to Plan Delta Tunnels While Employed at MWD

STOCKTON, Feb. 22, 2018 – Documents acquired by Restore the Delta from a recent a public records act request to Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) confirm that newly appointed California Department of Water Resources Director (DWR) Karla Nemeth was a MWD employee from 2009 to 2014, earning over $900,000 in total compensation.  During […]

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Fact-Check: As MWD’s tunnels tab continues to increase, water deliveries could decrease

Feb. 13, 2018 – Yesterday, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) General Manager Jeff Kightlinger reported to MWD Board Members on the Water Planning and Stewardship Committee that the new phased-in tunnels project would require a $5.1 billion contribution and that MWD would receive the same amount of water with operation of the first […]

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DWR to Award up to $1 Billion in Contracts for Proposal, Before Completing Permit Process & Financial Analysis

Dec. 7, 2017 – Officials for CA WaterFix Industry Day announced that while not all funding is available for WaterFix presently, that the first $1 billion for four contracts will be made public today, December 7, 2017. The Design Construction Enterprise (a CA WaterFix unit staffed by Metropolitan Water District employees and associates embedded in […]

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AP Report Reveals Trump Opposes Delta Tunnels; Restore the Delta Responds

Oct. 25, 2017 – This morning, Ellen Knickmeyer of the Associated Press reported that the Trump administration does not support Governor Brown’s Delta Tunnels (CA WaterFix) project. Knickmeyer reported that the spokesman for the U.S. Interior Department, Russell Newell wrote in an email, “The Trump administration did not fund the project and chose to not move forward with it.” […]

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Restore the Delta Responds to Confusion Surrounding SCVWD WaterFix Vote

STOCKTON, CA, Oct. 18, 2017 – Executive Director of Restore the Delta, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla released the following statement regarding Santa Clara Valley Water District’s California WaterFix vote: “Yesterday afternoon, Santa Clara Valley Water District agreed to moving forward with a project named California WaterFix, yet with funding capped at $600 million in 2017 dollars (minus interest), and […]

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Restore the Delta Outlines Risks of Delta Tunnels Participation for MWD in Comment Letter

Aug. 9, 2017 – Today, Restore the Delta submitted a formal letter regarding the risks of the CA WaterFix proposal to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The comment letter outlined various fiscal, environmental, and supply reliability risks of the project for not only Southern California, but the entire state. Policy Analyst for Restore the Delta, […]

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Email Reveals So Cal Water Lobbying Delta Stewardship Council to Ignore Science and Approve Delta Tunnels Plan

SACRAMENTO, CA, June 13, 2017 – In an email forwarded to Delta activist groups last week, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California general manager Jeffrey Kightlinger asked dozens of member agencies to lobby the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) because, “The final permit in the California WaterFix process will be for the Department of Water Resources […]

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Governor Brown Cuts Over $100 Million for Drought Response in Revised State Budget

SACRAMENTO, CA, May 12, 2017 – Governor Brown’s May revision of the California Budget released Thursday slashed over $100 million in funds designated for drought response. With the drought officially declared “over” in April, the remaining $63 million intended for the state’s drought package will go to CalFire. The San Jose Mercury News reported on […]

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