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Water Buffaloes, Egregious Mismanagement and Better Water Policies

Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Governor Jerry Brown's Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels, will hold a teleconference on Monday, Feb. 10 at 10 am to answer the question of "Where Did All the Water Go?"

Experts will release new information and charts showing where California’s water went, how the State of California contributed to the current water scarcity through "egregious mismanagement," and offer better policies for a sustainable water future.  

“Who took all the water over the past decade, and for what?” asked Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of RTD. “Californians need to know where our water is going in order to decide whether to continue feeding water buffaloes or to change direction. Some use the current water scarcity to push the Peripheral Tunnels, but that is the wrong answer.”

The featured speakers are Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta; Adam Scow, California Campaigns Director, Food & Water Watch; Bill Jennings, Executive Director, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance; and Lloyd Carter, investigative reporter, expert on Westlands Water District.

Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546;; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta

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Last summer, high water releases down the Sacramento, Feather and American rivers left Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs at dangerously low levels. Shasta is at 36 percent of capacity and 53 percent of average; Oroville, 36 percent of capacity and 54 percent of average; and Folsom, 17 percent of capacity and 32 percent of average.

Yet Pyramid Lake in Southern California is at 96 percent of capacity and 101 percent of average, while Castaic Reservoir is 86 percent of capacity and 102 percent of average.

The state and federal governments shipped massive quantities of water to corporate agribusiness interests on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, the Kern Water Bank, oil companies conducting fracking and steam injection operations in Kern County and Southern California water Agencies. The massive diversions of water during a drought are now imperiling northern California water supplies and struggling Central Valley salmon and Delta fish populations.

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