Consumer & Environmental Advocates to Alert Ratepayers

Media Release for Monday, May 14, 2012

Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; steve@hopcraft.comTwitter: @shopcraft
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053; @RestoretheDelta

Consumer & Environmental Advocates to Alert Ratepayers: “MWD Will Send You the Multi-Billion Dollar Bill”;

Call for Independent Cost-Benefit Analysis of Proposed Peripheral Canal or Tunnel: Who Benefits? Who Pays?

Los Angeles, CA – Southern California consumer and environmental advocates today announced a news conference for Thursday, May 17, to challenge the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) to support an independent cost-benefit analysis of the proposed multibillion Peripheral Canal or Tunnel project. “Who would get the water and who would pay the bill, which is now estimated to be $20 billion to upwards of $50 billion?” asked Conner Everts, Executive Director for the Southern California Watershed Alliance. “MWD opposes an independent cost benefit analysis. But it’s MWD customers and other water district ratepayers in the southland who would pay the bill.” The bill’s fate now rests with Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes and Speaker John Perez, who will largely determine whether AB 2421 to require such an analysis advances or dies by May 25.

WHO: Conner Everts, Executive Director, Southern California
Watershed Alliance; Garrick Ruiz, Water Campaign Manager,
Green LA; Adam Scow, California Campaigns Director, Food &
Water Watch

WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 2012; 10:30 am

WHERE: Outside Metropolitan Water District (MWD)
700 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2944

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