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Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California

Rep. McNerney to Hold Press Conference on “WaterFix” Tunnels Plan

Sep 30, 2015
Press Release

Stockton, CA – To raise awareness to how California Governor Jerry Brown’s “WaterFix” tunnels plan would devastate the fragile ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and the way of life and economy of the Delta region, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) will host a press conference on October 5th that highlights his opposition to this ill-advised plan. The Congressman will address these concerns, and discuss why the plan is not the right solution for managing California’s water supply.

“I’ve repeatedly said that the Governor’s ‘WaterFix’ is not the right solution to our water crisis. Not only would these tunnels do lasting damage to the Delta ecosystem and farmers, families, and businesses in the region, the plan would waste billions of dollars without creating any new water. Those of us in the Delta community must stand up and make our voices heard. We must also advocate for innovative solutions that boost resiliency and efficiency across all communities, protect the health of existing water supplies and improve our ability to respond to droughts in the future,” said Rep. McNerney.

The press conference will take place in conjunction with special guests Restore the Delta. It will occur as the public comment period on the “WaterFix” environment review documents remains open through the end of October 2015.

The press conference will take place in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Speakers will include Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta, and Jeffrey Michael, Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at University of the Pacific, among other regional stakeholders.

WHEN: Monday, October 5th

               10:00 a.m.

WHERE: The west end of Eight Mile Road

                   Stockton, CA

Directions from I-5:

Take the exit for Eight Mile Road and drive west until you hit the end of the road. Take a left and drive until you see signs for the event. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Earlier this week, Rep. McNerney, along with Northern California House Democrats, sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown concerning the California “WaterFix” tunnels plan. The letter argues that the multibillion-dollar tunnels fail to increase water supply, devastate an already fragile Delta ecosystem, and divert funding from more effective statewide water solutions for California.

In July of this year, Congressman McNerney voiced his concerns over the irreversible damage the “WaterFix” plan would cause to the Delta region.

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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.