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Westlands Water Tunnel Critics Respond to Secret Settlement as Native Smelt Nears Extinction

Westlands Water Tunnel Critics Respond to Secret Settlement as Native Smelt Nears Extinction
Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Governor Jerry Brown's rush to build massive Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to the prospect of a secret settlement of the debt Westlands Water District owes to US taxpayers and the near extinction presently of Delta Smelt.
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Goliath Gets Bigger: California's Prop 1 War Chest Grows to $16.4 Million

Goliath Gets Bigger: California's Prop 1 War Chest Grows to $16.4 Million
The debate over the pros and cons of Proposition 1, Jerry Brown's $7.5 billion water bond, is very important, but an even bigger issue in any environmental battle or process is the money behind the campaign. The big corporate money behind the water bond largely determines who the bond will benefit — billionaires, corporate agribusiness, oil companies and The 1%, not the people, fish or wildlife of California.
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It's Enviro Vs. Enviro: Clashes Erupt Over CA Gov Brown's Proposed Water Fix

It's Enviro Vs. Enviro: Clashes Erupt Over CA Gov Brown's Proposed Water Fix
Environmental groups in California are butting heads over Governor Jerry Brown's proposed tunnel fix to the state's water problems. Critics contend the bond program would actually degrade the environment further, and is only a short-term stopgap.
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$67B Peripheral Tunnels Too Much for Economist Hired to Show Financial Benefit of Frack-Happy Project

$67B Peripheral Tunnels Too Much for Economist Hired to Show Financial Benefit of Frack-Happy Project
In the latest episode in the sordid saga of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels, two environmental groups revealed on June 20 that even an economist hired by BDCP officials won't sign off on the controversial project. Dr. David Sunding, an economist on the faculty of the University of California-Berkeley and a principal with The Brattle Group, said at the recent Continuing Legal Education Water Law Conference in San Diego that "given the financial uncertainties if he were a water agency, he would not sign off" on the BDCP.
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$67B Tunnel Plan Moving Forward Without Permits or Plans to Pay for It

$67B Tunnel Plan Moving Forward Without Permits or Plans to Pay for It
California Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is stepping up its efforts to fast-track the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels, as revealed in a memorandum sent to Department of Water Resources. Delta advocates criticized the memo for being the latest in a series of actions taken by the Brown administration to rush the construction of the peripheral tunnels before permitting of the process is complete — and before any financial plan or agreement to pay for the tunnels, estimated to cost $67 billion or more, is in place.
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Despite CA's Drought, Oil Industry Spokesperson Admits to Projected Increase in Fracking Water Use

Despite CA's Drought, Oil Industry Spokesperson Admits to Projected Increase in Fracking Water Use
Tupper Hull, spokesman for the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and former press spokesman for the Westlands Water District, admitted in an interview on National Public Radio (NPR) what the anti-fracking community has known for a long time – once they figure out how to make the Monterey Shale economically viable, the water usage will ramp up significantly.
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Sunset on the Delta? CA Increases Water Exports by 433 Percent

Sunset on the Delta? CA Increases Water Exports by 433 Percent
On April 1, State and federal officials announced in a media call that they would "temporarily" allow increased water exports out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to capture run off from the latest storm, in spite of the the threat it would pose to Central Valley salmon, steelhead, Delta smelt and longfin smelt. In a move designed to solely benefit agribusiness and fracking ventures, the Department of Water Resources have increased pumping by up to 433 percent.
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Environmental Group Offers Real Solutions to CA's Critical Water Shortage (Without Million Dollar Pork Projects)

Environmental Group Offers Real Solutions to CA's Critical Water Shortage (Without Million Dollar Pork Projects)
As California's drought continues, Governor Jerry Brown and other politicians continue to promote the controversial plan to build peripheral tunnels as the "solution" to California's water problems. On the other hand, the Environmental Water Caucus has released a response to the drought pointing to ways that permanently use less water and better manage the hundreds of existing dams and reservoirs that already exist.
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Opposition to CA's Peripheral Tunnel Plans Call on Obama to Intervene, Save Drought Stricken State

Opposition to CA's Peripheral Tunnel Plans Call on Obama to Intervene, Save Drought Stricken State
Advocates for the restoration of Central Valley salmon and the Delta rallied with colorful signs and banners at an intersection surrounded by fields on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, urging President Obama to not support Governor Jerry Brown's peripheral tunnel plan.
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California Drought Declaration Fails to Address Fracking, Tunnel Projects and Corporate Water Waste

California Drought Declaration Fails to Address Fracking, Tunnel Projects and Corporate Water Waste
On January 19, the California Environmental Water Caucus issued a press release commending the "emphasis on conservation" in Governor Brown's 20-point drought declaration, but criticized five of the points as "wolves in sheep's clothing," particularly Directive 4 that directs state agencies to expedite the processing of water transfers and Directive 9 that effectively suspends the California Environmental Water Quality Act.
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