Delta Tunnels Opponents Offer Senator Feinstein A Better Water Solution

Written By: Dan Bacher, May 21, 2014

In discussing her agribusiness-friendly drought relief legislation, S 2198, Senator Dianne Feinstein recently told the San Francisco Chronicle that environmentalists have “never been helpful to me in producing good water policy."

“I have not had a single constructive view from environmentalists of how to provide water when there is no snowpack,” said Feinstein in her interview. (

Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Governor Jerry Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels, on Monday announced the release of  a new video in response to Feinstein’s false claim that environmentalists have “never been helpful” to her in solving California’s water resource challenges. 

Restore the Delta’s storyboard video,, describes what water efficiency would accomplish for the Delta and for meeting California's water and jobs needs. RTD, along with the Environmental Water Caucus in their Responsible Water Exports Plan, has long proposed  sustainable water water policies.  

“Sen. Feinstein is carrying water in S 2198 for huge industrial mega-growers who  have planted thousands of additional acres of almonds on dry lands in Westlands  and Kern Water Districts in the midst of our three-year dry spell,” said Barbara  Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of RTD. “Sen. Feinstein’s response to this  unsustainable overplanting of permanent crops on unsustainable lands without their  own water supply is to strip sustainable farms and fisheries of protections so these  huge growers can water their unwise plantings.” 

 "During times of drought, people think about big water projects as the solution because most people have seen large canals or dams that hold and convey  water,” she said. “We decided to create a storyboard that shows what water efficiency looks like with easy to understand facts so that people can learn why water efficiency is  the better value for each dollar spent on water infrastructure.”

“The water efficiency  story will be turned into a feature video in the months ahead -- and it will tell the  story of how water efficiency throughout California is the solution for the Delta  and the citizens of California,” Barrigan-Parrilla concluded. The video is here:  

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