Tunnels Opponents: Gov. Brown’s Water Bond Will be a Referendum on Tunnels; NOT “Tunnels Neutral”, Charging Taxpayers $485 Million to Buy Water for Tunnels is “Nuts”, Shift of Burden to Public “Illegal”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta

Tunnels Opponents: Gov. Brown’s Water Bond
Will be a Referendum on Tunnels;
NOT “Tunnels Neutral”,
Charging Taxpayers $485 Million to Buy Water for Tunnels is “Nuts”, Shift of Burden to Public “Illegal”

Sacramento, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build water export Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today called Governor Brown’s water bond proposal to have taxpayers buy water for future fish flows to satisfy exporter mitigation requirements “nuts.” RTD said the governor’s bond measure is NOT “tunnels neutral,” and contains $485 million to buy water to replace what will be pumped into the tunnels. “Charging taxpayers $485 million to replace water sent through the tunnels to enrich mega-growers in Westlands and Kern Water Districts is nuts,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla. “With that Ponzi scheme included, this bond will become a referendum on the tunnels.”

The governor’s flow language would allow public funds to be used to purchase water that could be diverted into the Delta tunnels. “The half-billion dollars in funding for purchase of water upstream of the Delta, and later diverted into the tunnels is a massive transfer of wealth from the rest of us to a few mega-growers who hog 70% of the water exported from the Delta,” said Barrigan-Parrilla. “Water transfers are needed by the BDCP for mitigation — essentially they can’t operate the new tunnels without putting more water in the River, which the BDCP will purchase – at taxpayer expense – from water districts and growers in the northern Sacramento Valley.”

Here is simple language that could fix the bond measure’s shift of costs from water exporters to taxpayers: No water purchased under this division can be used directly or indirectly for exports from the San Francisco Bay Delta. That’s tunnels neutral.

Restore the Delta board member and water law expert John Herrick, said, “Legally it is the obligation of the projects to protect these fisheries and return their populations to pre-project or other levels. Until the projects have undertaken and accomplished this restoration of the fish populations, no public funds should, or can be legally used to recover the fish. Hence, any proposal for state or federal funding of new habitat for fish rearing or purchased water for fishery flows is a transfer of the projects’ contractors’ obligations onto the general public. Such a transfer is not just bad policy, it is illegal.”

The Department of Fish and Wildlife would use up to $485,000,000 from Sections 79733 and 79737 to buy water that would be dedicated under Water Code Section 1707 for in stream use in waterways upstream of the Delta. However, once that water reached the tunnel intakes it could be diverted into the tunnels. The new wording does not prevent that. This water would be available for export from the Delta the same as any other water purchased by the exporters. The public would be paying for that benefit to the exporters.

Restore the Delta is a 15,000-member grassroots organization committed to making the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable to benefit all of California. Restore the Delta works to improve water quality so that fisheries and farming can thrive together again in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. www.restorethedelta.org

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Reject Gov. Brown’s Water Bond: Includes $485 Million to Buy Water for Tunnels, NOT “Tunnels Neutral”, “False Protections” for Delta

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta

Tunnels Opponents Call on Delta Legislators: Reject Gov. Brown’s Water Bond:
NOT “Tunnels Neutral”,
Includes $485 Million to Buy Water for Tunnels,
“False Protections” for Delta

Sacramento, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today called upon Delta and other legislators to vote against Governor Brown’s water bond proposal, saying it is NOT “tunnels neutral,” and contains $485 million to buy water to be pumped into the tunnels. RTD called upon Delta legislators to reject any bond with false protections. “This bond proposal gives the Brown administration $485 million to buy water to be pumped into the tunnels,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla. “It contains false protections for the Delta, and we call upon legislators, especially those representing the Delta, to vote against it. We are not fooled, and this bond will become a referendum on the tunnels. That is not going to advance the water solutions we need.”

The governor’s flow language would allow public funds to be used to purchase water that could be diverted into the Delta tunnels. The Department of Fish and Wildlife would use up to $485,000,000 from Sections 79733 and 79737 to buy water that would be dedicated under Water Code Section 1707 for instream use in waterways upstream of the Delta. However, once that water reached the tunnel intakes it could be diverted into the tunnels. The new wording does not prevent that. This water would be available for export from the Delta the same as any other water purchased by the exporters. The public would be paying for that benefit to the exporters.

Restore the Delta is a 15,000-member grassroots organization committed to making the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable to benefit all of California. Restore the Delta works to improve water quality so that fisheries and farming can thrive together ag

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Tunnels Opponents: Gov. Brown’s Bond NOT “Tunnels Neutral”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 11, 2014

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Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta

Several Provisions Enable Tunnels Construction, Operation; Taxpayers Pay to Replace River Water Taken for Export, Habitat Mitigates Damage from Tunnels

 

Sacramento, CA - Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, and salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today cited several specific provisions of Governor Brown’s water bond proposal that are NOT “tunnels neutral.” We call upon the governor and the legislature to remove taxpayer funding that would replace needed river water flows taken by the tunnels, and have taxpayers fund mitigating tunnels damage. We have identified specific provisions in the governor’s bond proposal that are intended to enable or mitigate the water export tunnels. “The governor and others claim their proposals are ‘tunnels neutral’ while at the same time funding mitigation or replacement water,” said Barrigan-Parrilla. “If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and quacks like a duck; it’s a duck. These provisions quack loudly and they say, ‘thanks for funding activities essential to building the massive water export tunnels for a few mega-grower billionaires.”

Page  10 Chapter 6.  Protecting Rivers. Lakes, Streams, Coastal Waters and Watersheds. ($1,450,000,000) 79727 (II) Delta Conservancy  ($50,000,000)
This funding is BDCP-related. It contains no limitations to already-owned State lands, or approval by boards of supervisors of the county or counties in which the lands are located.

Page 11    79733   ($200,000,000)
BDCP-related water purchase: Wildlife Conservation Board for projects that result in increased stream flows.

Page 13797XX($475,000,000) (e) CVPIA 3406(d)
BDCP related – water purchase: A water supply for wildlife refuge obligation of the Central Valley Project (CVP), intended to free up water for CVP agricultural water deliveries.

Pages 13 & 1479733(a)($87,500,000)
BDCP related: Dept. of Fish & Wildlife for water quality, ecosystem restoration, and fish protection facilities.

Pages 22 & 23 Flood Management($395,000,000) 797XX – $295,000,000
BDCP related habitat being funded through levee programs.

Page 24 Reallocation of Prop. 84  $105,000,000
Could be used for BDCP 

Page 24 Reallocation of Prop. 50 $95,000,000
Could be used for BDCP  Possible BDCP related funding = $1.3 Billion to $1.4 Billion

Restore the Delta is a 15,000-member grassroots organization committed to making the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable to benefit all of California. Restore the Delta works to improve water quality so that fisheries and farming can thrive together again in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. www.restorethedelta.org

 

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Call your legislators today; tell them NO to the Governor’s Water Bond!

Dear Supporters:

Please call your state legislators today and tell them NOT to support Governor Brown’s proposed water bond. Governor Brown is reportedly trying to sell his water bond to our State Assembly and Senate with the words, “Just Trust Me.” He is putting window dressing on the bond to persuade our state legislators to accept a pro-tunnels water bond.

While the Governor is pressuring legislators by telling them it is “tunnels neutral,” Freedom of Information Act requests for BDCP documents show that bond money for flows is really money for a water account to make the BDCP tunnels full for water exporters like Westlands and Kern County Water Agency. Tell them the Governor’s water bond is not neutral, but for the tunnels, and it must be stopped.

This is important! Please call now! If you absolutely cannot, make sure to call Monday. Find your State legislators and their contact information here: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla

Click here for today’s press release about Governor Brown’s water bond, with a recently retrieved document showing that the water exporters are counting on money from a state water bond to help finance the project and mitigate its damage to fisheries, river flows and the Delta.—

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Gov. Brown’s Bond NOT “Tunnels Neutral”: What about $700 million for flows, habitat?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 8, 2014
Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta

Tunnels Opponents:
Gov. Brown’s Bond NOT “Tunnels Neutral”:
What about $700 million for flows, habitat?

Sacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, and salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today said that Governor Brown’s new water bond is NOT “tunnels neutral,” and called upon the governor to remove taxpayer funding that would replace needed river water flows taken by the tunnels, and have taxpayers fund mitigating tunnels damage.

“Documents received from the BDCP in a recent Freedom of Information Action request, show in detail how public funding would be used for planned water purchases to make the twin Delta tunnels operational. Points 3 through 10 in the linked BDCP document from March 2013, outline the plan for using public money to make these water purchases.

“We are calling on Governor Brown to release the language for his bond proposal. His proposal is NOT tunnels neutral and won’t be until it does NOT include any funding for these BDCP-related water purchases. With such a short period of time left for the crafting of his bond proposal, transparency is crucial to gain public support. Making the details transparent would go a long way toward gaining the support of Delta communities,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla.

Here is a link to document showing that the water exporters are counting on money from a state water bond to help finance the project and mitigate its damage to fisheries, river flows and the Delta.

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ACTION ALERT

Dear Supporters:

Please call your state legislators today and tell them NOT to support Governor Brown’s proposed water bond. While the Governor is pressuring legislators by telling them it is “tunnels neutral,” Freedom of Information Act requests for BDCP documents show that bond money for flows is really money for a water account to make the BDCP tunnels full for water exporters like Westlands and Kern County Water Agency. Tell them the Governor’s water bond is not neutral, but for the tunnels, and it must be stopped.

Governor Brown is reportedly trying to sell his water bond to our California Legislators with the words, “Just Trust Me.” He is trying to put window dressing on the bond so that they will be persuaded to accept a non neutral water bond.

This is important! Please call now! If you absolutely cannot, make sure to call Monday. Find your State legislators and their contact information here: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla

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