A Washington bomb set to go off in California’s delta tunnels water war

Los Angeles Times » Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona) inserted a rider into an Interior Department appropriations bill that would exempt the project from all judicial review. If passed by the House (likely) and Senate (possible) and signed by President Trump (probable), the rider would open a gaping hole in California and federal law.

Brown’s Delta tunnels get $650 million boost from Bay Area water agency

The Sacramento Bee » A Bay Area water agency agreed Tuesday to pump $650 million into Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels project, providing a meaningful boost for the controversial $16.7 billion plan. The 4-3 vote by the Santa Clara Valley Water District brings the tunnels project, which would overhaul the troubled heart of California’s aging water delivery network, a step closer to being fully funded.

2018-05-10T15:18:41+00:00May 8th, 2018|California, California WaterFix, Drinking Water, Water|

$650 million vote set on Delta tunnels project: Are taxpayers protected?

The Mercury News » In a vote that could give Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels plan new momentum, Silicon Valley’s largest water agency on Tuesday will consider changing course and endorsing the project to make it easier to move water to the south.

2018-05-14T13:37:24+00:00May 7th, 2018|California, California WaterFix, Drinking Water, Water|

‘Flint is the poster child for the problem’, more Fed infrastructure spending proposed

NPR » The federal government would spend tens of billions of  dollars repairing the nation’s water infrastructure over the next decade if a bill introduced in Congress today becomes law. The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act would infuse State Revolving Funds with $35 billion a year.

Flint crisis, four years on: what little trust is left continues to wash away

The Guardian » Most attention directed at Flint goes into cleaning up the city’s water supply, an undeniably vital goal. But it also feels like a bizarre one in a city where many people are unlikely to ever drink another drop of tap water as long as they live. The city switched its water supply back to Detroit’s water, away from the Flint river. But for the roughly 100,000 people who live here, the damage is done.

2018-04-25T11:36:18+00:00April 25th, 2018|Drinking Water, Flint Water Crisis, Michigan, Privatization|
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