Federal Scientists Find Delta Tunnels Plan Will Devastate Salmon

By Dan Bacher, Dailykos.com. Governor Jerry Brown and administration officials claim that the California WaterFix, a controversial plan to build two 35-mile long tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, is based on “science.” “The best scientific thinking says California needs the project,” Governor Brown told Dan Morain, Sacramento Bee editorial page editor in an interview in December of 2016. (www.sacbee.com/…) However, federal scientists …

Keats: California water projects rely on imaginary water

http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/27/keats-california-water-projects-are-based-on-imaginary-water/ By Adam Keats, Mercury News. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and San Joaquin Valley agribusiness would have us believe that bureaucratic red tape and blind adherence to environmental laws are holding back the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project, preventing water from being delivered to thirsty farms and cities. Aside from pushing a false conflict between farms and fish, …

The delta tunnels — a project only engineers can love

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-leslie-costs-and-benefits-delta-tunnel-20161120-story.html By Jacques Leslie, Los Angeles Times A generation ago the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta tunnel project might have made a certain kind of sense. California’s lakes and rivers had been so thoroughly replumbed by dams, drains, pumps, canals and aqueducts that the state already contained the world’s most engineered water system — so why not add one more megaproject to …

MEET THE CALIFORNIA COUPLE WHO USES MORE WATER THAN EVERY HOME IN LOS ANGELES COMBINED. How megafarmers Lynda and Stewart Resnick built their billion-dollar empire.

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/04/lynda-stewart-resnick-california-water Rafaela Tijerina first met la señora at a school in the town of Lost Hills, deep in the farm country of California’s Central Valley. They were both there for a school board meeting, and the superintendent had failed to show up. Tijerina, a 74-year-old former cotton picker and veteran school board member, apologized for the superintendent—he must have had another important …

Fishing groups win lawsuit to overturn Delta water delivery contracts

From the law offices of Stephan C. Volker: On July 25, 2016 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (“PCFFA”) and the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association in their longstanding battle with the United States Bureau of Reclamation and San Joaquin Valley agribusinesses that divert millions of acre feet …

State Water Resources Control Board Hearings on WaterFix Begin

http://www.carmichaeltimes.com/articles/2016/0728-State-Hearings-on-WaterFix-Begin/index.php?ID=2188 The State Water Resources Control Board began public hearings on the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) request to add three new points of diversion for California WaterFix. The opening three days of the hearings began with policy statements from the Natural Resources Agency and U.S. Department of the Interior followed by public comment. The questions before the Board, defined …

Dan Bacher: Delta Tunnels: Restoring An Estuary by Diverting Its Water?

http://yubanet.com/california/Dan-Bacher-Delta-Tunnels-Restoring-An-Estuary-by-Diverting-Its-Water.php#.V5z1kWUsxFI By: Dan Bacher July 28, 2016 – After covering fish, water, and environmental justice issues in California and the West for over 30 years as an investigative journalist, I’ve concluded that the California Water Fix, the new name for the Delta Tunnels, is the most environmentally devastating public works project I’ve ever encountered. I’ve published hundreds of articles about …

Accounting and Accountability in California Water

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/doug-obegi/accounting-and-accountability-california-water LAW & ORDER There is a certain satisfaction in watching the bad guys brought to justice in just a single hour of Law & Order. The police find the criminal, the District Attorneys prosecute, and justice is served.  In the world of California water, however, things are never so easy. It is commonly held that “you can’t manage what you …

Twin tunnels would irreparably damage Delta region

http://www.goldenstatenewspapers.com/tracy_press/voice/twin-tunnels-would-irreparably-damage-delta-region/article_e8be6202-4fa3-11e6-9207-975df7b180f2.html Posted: Monday, July 25, 2016 9:30 am By Don Nottoli and Chuck Winn | 0 comments California decision makers are at a historic crossroads in the long-standing California water crisis. The outcome will permanently alter the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. Your voice can steer these decisions in the right direction and now is the time to speak up. On Tuesday, the State Water Resources …

Delta Plan Overturned Ruling Slows Down the Twin Tunnels Project

http://www.independent.com/news/2016/jul/11/delta-plan-overturned/ Monday, July 11, 2016 by CAROLEE KRIEGER The recent move by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny to invalidate the Brown administration’s Delta Plan is good news for water reform advocates. The Delta Plan was an administration blueprint to restore the beleaguered Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta. That was its putative purpose, at least. In reality, it was a flawed — even …