Two Twin Tunnels Articles: Water & Growth, Another Arena of Extreme Political Corruption

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 10 December 2018



LATEST UPDATE: Third Article, below, Added
December 10, 2018

Delta Stewardship Council Hurdle Derails Devils Straws

A Temporary Reprieve


Delta tunnels won’t get green light before Gov. Brown leaves office. What will Gavin Newsom do?
Sac Bee, December 7, 2018.


Dead for Now!
“...the Department of Water Resources withdrew its petition to the Delta Stewardship Council to have the project deemed in compliance with what’s known as the the Delta Plan, a set of policy goals, mandated by state law, that put protection and restoration of the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta estuary’s eco-system on an equal footing with more reliable water supplies.”

“Without the council’s green light, the $16.7 billion project, known officially as California WaterFix, can’t go forward.”

“Now they have to go back to the drawing board and prepare a new certificate.”

“it’s hard to see how these issues could be fixed quickly.”

“At a council meeting in November, board Chairman Randy Fiorini ripped the Brown administration for “political expediency” and rushing the application before it was ready.”

The Forces of Organized Greed are not Done…
“Today is a good day for the Delta and California,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla of Restore the Delta, a tunnels opponent. “But it’s not over yet.”



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Two Articles: Water & Growth, Another Arena of Extreme Political Corruption

Twin Tunnels Update: KILL IT. KILL IT NOW…

1> Can Delta Stewardship Council Kill the Devils Straws?

2> All the Corporate-Bribed Dim & Repugnant Politicians Together for Killing Nature for Profits



Delta Stewardship Council

Could this obscure California agency derail Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels?
Sac Bee, November 30, 2018.


“On Dec. 20, the Delta Stewardship Council will vote to determine whether the tunnels project — officially known as California WaterFix — complies with what’s known as the “Delta Plan,” a set of policy goals, mandated by state law, that put protection and restoration of the fragile estuary’s eco-system on an equal footing with more reliable water supplies.”

2009 Delta Reform Act

“The law established that water supply and eco-system improvements were “coequal goals” that must be met when it comes to managing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the hub of California’s north-to-south water delivery system.”

“...the council appears on the verge of ruling that WaterFix doesn’t measure up.”

“...the council’s staff found the project fell woefully short of complying with the Delta Plan on several fronts.”

“It said the tunnels project poses unacceptable “conflicts with land uses in existing Delta communities.” It scolded DWR for not using up-to-date scientific analysis on how climate change would affect operations of the tunnels.”

Corruption Disagrees
“The state Natural Resources Agency, which oversees DWR, provided a letter to the council from Resources Secretary John Laird declaring that WaterFix is consistent with the Delta Plan, the Delta Reform Act and the concept of “coequal goals” of water deliveries and ecosystem health.”

Kill it NOW
“Because its authority has not yet been seriously tested in court, it’s not clear whether a “no” vote from the stewardship council would be enough to kill the project outright...”

Kill it NOW
“...a project that seems to be losing steam as Brown’s final term as governor winds down. ”

The Current Corporate-Bribed & Owned Devil
“I’m sure Jerry Brown regrets the fact that he was unable to get it to the finish line before he left office.”

Newsom wants Only wants to Eat Our Country’s Children
“...Newsom, has been lukewarm on the project, saying on the campaign trail he favors “a more modest proposal...”

"In early November, the federal Environmental Protection Agency rejected the Delta Conveyance Finance Authority’s application for a $1.6 billion loan that could have jump-started construction."

“Between the 1940s and 1960s, the state and federal governments built massive pumping stations on the Delta’s southern edge near Tracy to deliver water to 25 million Southern Californians and Bay Area residents, plus millions of acres of San Joaquin Valley farmland.”

How to Steal all the Water:
Devils Straws
“The tunnels — a pair of underground pipes, 40 feet in diameter and 35 miles long — are supposed to dramatically reduce the reverse flows. They would link the pumping stations directly with the northern end of the Delta, just south of Sacramento. By having much of the Sacramento River’s flow deposited directly on their doorstep, the pumps wouldn’t have to work nearly so hard and the “reverse flow” phenomenon would be abated.”

Growing Desertification
And, our corporate masters will be able to steal all the Delta’s water, before it reaches the Delta, as rising aridification puts the existing populations they already sneaked/stuffed into Southern California at great risk for water shortages, as the drought-conditions their irresponsible growth itself already triggered, torpedoes their plans to continue the endless expansion of LA, and into the deserts East of LA, as they are doing today.

Human Ponzi of Bribery-Fed Greed
Unless, unless our corporate masters’ bribes to Brown & the Dims are sufficient to cover them stealing the last bits of the wild water in Northern California that’s keeping the last bits of Nature alive in California, by using corruption and bribery to force us citizens to fund the Devils Straws, so our corporate leadership can continue to run their human Ponzi Scheme into the drying deserts of Southern California.

Master Thieves
“Brown’s administration says pumping could proceed with fewer interruptions, improving the reliability of water deliveries to the south. ”

Generations of Corruption
“The tunnels are in a sense a Brown family legacy. His father, former Gov. Pat Brown, spearheaded the State Water Project in the 1960s and the construction of the state’s pumps to deliver water to Southern California.”



Jerry & Family & Company
Generations of Corruption

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Back to the Twin Tunnels
“Its members, all appointed by Brown, oversee California’s complicated water-rights system and must decide whether the tunnels project is allowed to divert water from the Sacramento River at a spot near Courtland — the point where the tunnels would begin.”

Corporate-Bribed Devils
Back to the Pumps
“Meanwhile, the Trump administration and Congress have largely shunned the tunnels. Instead, congressional Republicans and the president’s staff have sought to secure more water for human uses by bending the U.S. Endangered Species Act to crank up the existing Delta pumps — efforts fiercely opposed by environmentalists, many of whom also oppose Brown’s tunnels plan.”

American Environmentalists
Back to the Courts
“At least 58 tunnels opponents, including Sacramento-area governments, environmentalists, fishing groups and Native American tribes, have sued under California’s environmental protection law, saying the tunnels would further degrade the estuary.”



How the Devils Straws is Really “Working”

Colossal Political Arrogance, Corruption, Lying, and Cheating
With a bunch of Devils Straws links...


All Aspects of Nature are Degrading Rapidly

To Save Ourselves It's Time to Rethink Our Economic System


Why the Devils Straws?
THE REAL DEAL: Sucking the Life Out of Man and Nature






Draining California

Corporate Thieves Banquet

Huge Delta water deal backed by Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Brown, Kevin McCarthy,
Sac Bee, November 30, 2018.


All Bribed by the Same Corporate Interests
"California’s most senior Democrat and most powerful Republican in Washington are teaming up to extend a federal law designed to deliver more Northern California water south, despite the objections of some of the state’s environmentalists."

Different Fingers-Same Hand
“Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, the House majority leader, are leading the push to fold an extension of expiring provisions in the 2016 Water Infrastructure for Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into the year-end spending bill that Congress must pass this month. And on Friday, they won the endorsement of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.”

“The legislation would make hundreds of millions of federal dollars available for California water storage projects as well as desalination and water recycling programs.”

The Last Robberies
“The WIIN Act also gives the federal government’s Central Valley Project and the State Water Project more operational flexibility to increase water deliveries at certain times of year to the south state through the massive pumps in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, leaving less water in the system for Chinook salmon and other endangered species. ”

Killing the Last Fish
“Doug Obegi, a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the outgoing Democratic governor is cooperating with the Republicans in an effort to keep the Trump administration from backing away from his controversial Delta tunnels proposal. “This appears to be a quid pro quo where the governor trades away our salmon and thousands of fishing jobs for his stupid Delta tunnels,”

“...the law “creates a pot of money that could potentially be put towards what we think of as environmentally destructive projects.”

All the President’s Men
“In August, the Interior Department and Bureau of Reclamation declared they want to renegotiate a landmark 1986 agreement that governs how the state and federal governments operate the Delta pumps. Outside policy experts say the Trump administration is trying to take greater control over Delta operations and ship more water to the federal Central Valley Project customers, almost all of whom are San Joaquin Valley farmers that are allied politically with the president.”

Save our Basic Ecology
“Environmentalists say greater federal control would translate into fewer protections for fish. “I am hopeful that the state of California will stand its ground,” said John McManus of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, which represents commercial fishermen.”

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Twin Tunnels update, Delta Stewardship Council may kill them, bipartisan greed corruption working to finish off mother nature and justice in California Greed is above our laws, nature, common sense, and beyond control


Originally Published
2018-12-10 13:26:04


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