January 2018

Brown administration working to scale down $17 billion Delta tunnels project

Faced with a shortage of money and political support after seven years of work, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is working on a plan to scale back one of his key legacy projects -- a $17 billion proposal to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to make it easier to move water from Northern California to the south.

Mercury News, January 12, 2018

Editorial: Block Trump plan to pump Delta water south to the Central Valley

California must block this plan to curry favor with Trump supporters at the expense of the Delta and the communities that now rely on its water.

Mercury news, January 8, 2018

The delta smelt heads for extinction, marking a half-century of failed California water policy

"This fish draws so much attention not because they are an indicator of the health of the ecosystem. That will affect not only the delta smelt itself, but other species, and even the health of humans," says Tien-Chieh Hung, director of the fish conservation and culture laboratory at UC Davis, which is trying to cultivate a population of delta smelt for possible restoration in the wild some time in the future.

Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2018

As fish disappear, Trump administration seeks to pump more California water south

The Trump administration, teeing up a fight with California regulators, is trying to pump more water through the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the southern half of the state despite fresh evidence of the estuary's shrinking fish population.

Sacramento Bee, January 2, 2018

November 2017

One tunnel would still devastate Delta

Any compromise, however, must provide benefits to all. And any version of WaterFix -- whether one tunnel or two -- will sacrifice the health and safety of communities and wildlife in the Delta, the San Francisco Bay and Southern California.

Sacramento Bee, November 8, 2017

October 2017

5 Congressional California Democrats Seek Federal Probe of Delta Water Project

Five California Democrats in Congress asked Tuesday for a new federal review of funding for Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tunnel project.

KPIX, October 24, 2017

If we can't build two tunnels to bring Sacramento Delta water to SoCal, will one suffice?

And of course there will not be enough for anybody. The already-crippled delta needs more. Whether it's to be one tunnel or two, the rest of us will have to learn to make do with less.

Los Angeles Times, October 23, 2017

Brown administration says it's willing to consider one-tunnel approach to Delta project

Silicon Valleys water district Wednesday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to build twin tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta but said it would support a smaller, less expensive project. A top state official said the Brown administration is willing to consider such an approach.

Sacramento Bee, October 17, 2017

Southern California water agency approves pitching in $4.3 billion for massive delta tunnels project

Southern California's largest water agency Tuesday threw a lifeline to California WaterFix, approving a $4.3-billion buy-in to the water delivery project. The closely watched vote by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board does not ensure the survival of the $17-billion project, which needs significant funding from other urban and agricultural water districts to move forward.

Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2017

"Significant cost increases and delays": State auditor rips Jerry Brown's $17 billion Delta tunnels project

Gov. Jerry Brown's $17 billion proposal to build two massive tunnels through the Delta to make it easier to move water from north to south was hit with another setback Thursday as a state audit found it was suffering from 'significant cost increases and delays.'

Mercury News, October 5, 2017