Press release: Delta Counties Coalition joins coalition of water stakeholders united to oppose state water agency attempt to green light unlimited Delta tunnel spending
A regionally diverse coalition of Northern California counties, water resource management and flood control agencies, as well as environmental and taxpayer groups are challenging the California Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) ability to issue an unlimited amount of bonds to finance its latest Delta tunnel project. Like its predecessor, which was rejected by Governor Newsom, the latest tunnel project would divert water from the Sacramento River near Freeport out the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for export to portions of the Bay Area, South San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.
Delta Counties Coalition (DCC) members (Counties of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Solano, Yolo and Sacramento) along with Contra Costa County Water Agency, County of Butte, County of Plumas, and Plumas County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and Sacramento County Water Agency, filed answers opposing DWR’s premature and prejudicial attempt to impose unbounded revenue bond obligations to finance the risky Delta tunnel, which tunnel proponents recently estimated could cost as much as $21 billion. The answers respond to a lawsuit DWR filed against every California resident in August seeking a court order to “validate” the bond financing scheme by declaring it legal.
California slammed over ‘blank check’ for Delta tunnel project
“Lobbing another hurdle at California’s $16 billion plan to tunnel underneath the West Coast’s largest estuary, environmentalists on Thursday sued to freeze public funding for the megaproject championed by Governor Gavin Newsom. Led by Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, a familiar coalition of critics of the so-called delta tunnel claim the cash-strapped state is pursuing a “blank check” for a project that isn’t fully cooked. “It’s outrageous that California officials would commit funds for this massively harmful water tunnel without public engagement or environmental review,” said John Buse, the center’s senior counsel in a statement. … ” Read more from the Courthouse News Service here: California slammed over ‘blank check’ for Delta tunnel project
Lawsuit challenges California’s approval of $16 billion to fund Delta Tunnel without CEQA review
Dan Bacher writes, “In the latest battle in California Water Wars during the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, five environmental groups sued the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today in Sacramento Superior Court for adopting a resolution approving the issuance of the Delta Program Revenue Bonds to build the controversial Delta Tunnel. The coalition filing the lawsuit today includes Restore the Delta, Sierra Club California, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Planning and Conservation League and Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The lawsuit challenges DWR’s approval of Delta tunnel funding without first conducting any review under the California Environmental Quality Act. … ” Read more from the Elk Grove News here: Lawsuit challenges California’s approval of $16 billion to fund Delta Tunnel without CEQA review
California bonds for $16 billion tunnel targeted by suit
“Environmental groups in California have filed a lawsuit contesting the approval of revenue bonds to build a massive $16 billion water tunnel under an ecologically sensitive estuary, saying the state hasn’t yet completed required impact reviews. The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento County Superior Court by the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Planning and Conservation League, Restore the Delta and Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, challenges the Department of Water Resources’s approval of the funding plan without first conducting a review under the California Environmental Quality Act, known as CEQA. … ” Read more from Bloomberg Quint here: California bonds for $16 billion tunnel targeted by suit
Press releases …
- Lawsuit to stop DWR’s blank check gambit for a Delta tunnel, from Restore the Delta
- Lawsuit challenges California’s $16 billion move to fund delta tunnel project, from the Center for Biological Diversity
- DWR Is Suing Everyone for a Blank Check for a Delta Tunnel, from Doug Obegi at the NRDC
- “Delta Doozy” – the State Water Contractors responds