Fish Sniffer Digital Edition Issue 3620 September 15-30, 2017 - Page 23

VOL.36 • ISS. 20 Sept. 15 - 30, 2017 21 An Avalanche Of Lawsuits Challenges Delta Tunnels! A n avalanche of lawsuits against Delta Tunnels, a joint public works project between the Jerry Brown and Donald Trump administrations, has hit the courts. The final tally of the Delta Tunnels lawsuits filed under the California Envi- ronmental Quality Act (CEQA) is 18 cases brought by 80 plaintiffs, according to Alex Breitler of the Stockton Record. Read them here: https://t.co/NlVev0SuMw On August 21, a coalition of fishing and conservation groups filed a law- suit against the tunnels, considered by opponents to be the most environmen- tally destructive public works project in California history, in Sacramento Superior Court. The groups include the AquAlliance, California Sportfishing Protection Alli- ance, California Water Impact Network, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Friends of the River, Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Planning and Conservation League, Re- store the Delta, Save Our Sandhill Cranes and Sierra Club California. “Once again Big Ag in the San Joa- quin Valley has come begging for more corporate welfare,” said Adam Keats, a senior attorney at the Center for Food Safety. “Only this time it’s at an obscene scale, with tens of billions of dollars to be pilfered from the people’s pockets, an entire ecosystem driven to collapse, and incredible harm caused to the Delta farm- ing economy and California’s sustainable salmon fishery.” “The environmental impact report is an 80,000 page omelet of distortion and half-truth pretending that massive water diversions won’t harm this severely degraded estuary,” said Bill Jennings of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance. “The Delta has already been deprived of most of its natural flow. 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