AquAlliance exists to defend northern California waters and to challenge threats to the hydrologic health of the northern Sacramento River watershed. We are prepared and willing to confront the escalating attempts to divert more and more water from the northern Sacramento River hydrologic region.
Federal Water Agency
Failed to Disclose Funding
for Twin Tunnels
9.8.17: The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation failed to reveal significant funding for the Twin Tunnels. The Office of the Inspector
General for the Interior Department stated that, “…USBR did not disclose the full cost of its participation in the BDCP, subsidized CVP water contractors, and converted $50 million in Federal funds from reimbursable to nonreimbursable
without documentation to support its determination that the funds should be nonreimbursable.”
The Bureau is the same federal agency that AquAlliance is suing over their plans to transfer in ten years more water from the NorthState than the City of Chico would use in 200 years [see Lawsuit Filed Against 10-Year Water Transfer Program]. AquAlliance also filed its first lawsuit over the Twin Tunnels in August 2017 [see Lawsuit Filed Against Twin Tunnels (aka WaterFix)].
Lawsuit Filed Against Twin Tunnels
8.21.17: AquAlliance and a coalition filed a lawsuit in state court against the Department of Water Resources (DWR) over their Environmental Impact Report’s (EIR) inadequate disclosure, avoidance of impacts, analysis, and mitigation for the proposed Twin Tunnels. The over 50,000-page EIR was certified by DWR on July 21, 2017.
Tunnels don't add up;
now we know why
3.20.16: For years now, Gov. Jerry Brown has been telling us that he will save the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – the greatest fresh-water estuary on this side of the continent – by taking water out of it. As we’ve pointed out repeatedly, if you divert major portions of the Sacramento River under the Delta, the only way to “save” the Delta is to increase the flows from the much-smaller San Joaquin River into the Delta. To do that, the state will have to take more of the flows from the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers. The tunnels are nothing less than a water grab, and it’s our water they’re grabbing.
A powerful article about the political clout of Westlands Water District.
Back in the 1950s and ’60s, the Sacramento River and its tributaries were probably gaining about a million acre-feet per year on average from the groundwater. As pumping progressed through the years, the groundwater levels were drawn down… “the impacts from today’s pumping haven’t even shown up yet in the river.”
Keats: California water projects
rely on imaginary water
Sen. Dianne Feinstein and San Joaquin Valley agribusiness would have us believe that bureaucratic red tape and blind adherence to environmental laws are holding back the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project, preventing water from being delivered to thirsty farms and cities.
Aside from pushing a false conflict between farms and fish, this thinking is flawed for another reason: It grossly overstates the amount of water capable of being produced by the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project.
Photo: Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group
San Jose Mercury News, 12.27.16
Quit your bellyaching and
restore the San Joaquin River
... this lifelong Valley farmer knows it [the State Water Resources Control Board] hasn’t gone far enough to restore the balance and save the river.
Special to The Sacramento Bee
Butte County Files Oroville Dam Emergency Petition
Butte County has filed an emergency petition requesting that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) immediately order the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to establish a Public Safety Program
This is the erosion that almost took out the auxiliary spillway. People are circled to show size.
Oroville Spillway Incident Overview
View California Department of Water Resources overview of the Oroville Spillway incident
- Lawsuit Filed: Twin Tunnels Challenge – Governor’s WaterFix Would Destroy Sacramento Valley & Watershed – click to view: Press Release – AquAlliance-Coalition WaterFix Complaint
- Lawsuit Filed: 10-Year North-to-South Water Transfer Program. Massive Transfers Threaten North State Farms, Fish & Communities.
- 2nd Lawsuit Filed: Violations of Water Quality and Management Lawsuit – First Amended Complaint