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"Over Troubled Waters," a documentary about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, will premiere on August 8 at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. U.S. Representatives George Miller and John Garamendi will join hundreds of sustainable water policy advocates at a news conference prior to the film premier, which will be the centerpiece of a public education effort to stop the building of peripheral tunnels.

In this visually rich documentary, Ed Begley Jr. narrates the story of how the people of the Delta are fighting to protect the region they love and to encourage saner, sustainable water policies for all the people of California.

“This is our chance to tell the real Delta story,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, which produced the documentary. “This film reveals how powerful forces are using fear of flooding and earthquakes to make a case for transforming a unique, beautiful, productive region into a permanent way station for water going somewhere else. They are trying to shore up an outdated water system with a massive, multi-billion dollar water transfer project that Californians will be paying for decades.”

Media availability will start at 6:00 p.m., while the film screening will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Crest Theater, 1013 K St., Sacramento.

The film premiere follows a July 25 protest by over 300 people, including fishermen, environmentalists, family farmers, and a large contingent of members of the Winnemem Wintu, Pit River, Hoopa Valley and Miwok Tribes, challenging the announcement by Governor Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to fast track the plan to build the peripheral tunnels around the California Delta. (

During a press conference at the California Natural Resources Agency Building in Sacramento, Brown announced his plan for the construction of two peripheral tunnels with a capacity of 9,000 cfs that would take water from three intakes on the Sacramento River near Courtland and Hood to deliver water to corporate agribusiness on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and southern California water agencies.

"You can’t restore an estuary hemorrhaging from pollution and lack of flow by stealing more fresh water from it," said Bill Jennings, executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA). "That’s a death sentence for the Delta."

Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, emphasized that California Indian Tribes are covered under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which declares that the indigenous people must give their "free, prior, and informed Consent" for the use of the waters downstream from their historic homelands.

“We have not given our "Free, Prior, and Informed Consent" for the California Governor to divert water destined to the estuary or US Government to build the Shasta Dam higher,” said Sisk. “These are 'rights protected' under the 'UN DRIP' that President Obama signed. I don't know a single tribe that has given their 'Free, Prior, and Informed Consent!' Stop the California Water plans to destroy all the salmon, fish, and ground water systems!"

Tickets for the film are available on-line for a $10 donation at Some tickets will also be available at the door.

Senator Lois Wolk, Assembly Member Bill Berryhill, Russ Fisher, of Media Creations and Jason Sturgis of Open Oceans Productions will appear with Miller, Garamendi and hundreds of Delta residents, including farmers and fishermen.

For more information, contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; steve [at], Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053, barbara [at]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta.

The creation of Restore the Delta resulted from a series of conversations over six years ago between Gary Adams of the California Striped Bass Association (CSBA), West Delta Chapter, and Dan Bacher on how to unite fishermen, farmers, tribal members and environmentalists to stop the dramatic decline of the Delta ecosystem caused by massive water exports to corporate agribusiness. Adams, Bacher and five others met in an office in Stockton to found the now 7,000-member organization.

Restore the Delta is a grassroots organization committed to making the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable to benefit all of California. Restore the Delta works to improve water quality so that fisheries and farming can thrive together again in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta:


Originally posted to Dan Bacher on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 12:32 PM PDT.

Also republished by Central Valley Kossacks.

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  •  More power to you all. (5+ / 0-)
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    mrsgoo, tgypsy, Mr Robert, Fresno, DawnN

    I cheered Brown during the election, but this action of his is very disappointing.

    How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

    by divineorder on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 12:36:57 PM PDT

    •  The only solace I take is that if Meg had gotten (4+ / 0-)
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      elected, she would have sold half the state to Goldman Sachs by now.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 01:02:15 PM PDT

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    •  Brown is pushing Arnold's policies (5+ / 0-)
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      tgypsy, mrsgoo, divineorder, Mr Robert, Fresno

      Brown is continuing or expanding Arnold Schwarzneggers' bad environmental policies, including the peripheral tunnel plan, the MLPA initiative, record fish kills at the Delta pumps and record water exports out of the Delta. When it comes to water and the environment, there is no doubt that Brown is the Governator II.

  •  Really looking forward to this. The hubby and I (2+ / 0-)
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    will be there with two friends. Are there any plans to have Bay Area showings?

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 01:00:53 PM PDT

  •  Republished to the Central Valley Kossacks group (2+ / 0-)
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    mrsgoo, Mr Robert

    I'd like to attend but I don't think I'll be able to make it.

    “Parties do not lead revolutions. They follow them. And then only when forced to.” Joe Bageant

    by tgypsy on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 01:07:26 PM PDT

  •  I recently read 'Cadillac Desert' (3+ / 0-)
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    Mr Robert, the fan man, mrsgoo

    and it is a great primer on the water issues of our day. It was published in the '80s and updated in 1993 though it does not seem dated by virtue of today's headlines. Here's the Peripheral Canal:

    The centerpiece of [then governor Jerry] Brown's plan was called the Peripheral Canal, an outsize channel to be constructed around the collapsing Delta. The Peripheral Canal had been a top priority of water interests for forty years. ... In fact, if one listed to [proponents] long enough, the whole $11.6 billion scheme was mainly for for the sake of the Delta fish. But [lawyer for Environmental Defense fund Tom] Graff pointed out that the Peripheral Canal would remove a another couple of million acre-feet of water from the Delta and San Francisco Bay, water that normally wen through at high flows.
    That was 1981!

    Thanks for the diary.

    Reisner, Marc. Cadillac Desert. New York: Penguin Books, 1993.

    "In text, use only a single word space after all sentence punctuation." - Oxford Style Manual, Oxford University Press, 2003.

    by shaggies2009 on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 01:25:13 PM PDT

    •  DH says it's excellent. He managed to find a first (1+ / 0-)
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      edition on ebay. I really do need to sit down and read it myself.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 02:01:00 PM PDT

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  •'s my diary about LaMalfa... (1+ / 0-)
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    Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences.

    by paradise50 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 02:07:57 PM PDT

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