I thought it would be interesting to run a “Delta Doozy” past Restore the Delta.
“Delta Doozy” is the product of a Southern California PR firm hired by water exporters “to distinguish fact from fiction and promote constructive dialogue.”
The latest Delta Doozy — meaning alleged falsehood — supposedly comes form Restore the Delta’s chief, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla.
She wrote, “We are perilously close to losing Delta smelt, and our iconic salmon fisheries, and despite Delta family farms already taking a voluntary 25 percent reduction in water use, the State Water Contractors believe the Delta should be made into a complete sacrifice zone for their water exports.”
In rebuttal, the PR firm, Fiona Hutton & Associates of Studio City, issued their Delta Doozy. They wrote,
…”The chart below provides a breakdown of where water has gone after entering the Delta since May 1. ”
Probably it’s hard to make out. The little blue and orange slices at noon and 1 o’clock are the state and federal exports. The second larges piece, the blue piece from 2 to 5 o’clock is in-Delta Diversions.
The biggest piece is outflow to the ocean.
“The State Water Project exported just 5% … landowners in the delta take more water — by far — than the state ad federal water projects combined,” the flaks write.
“There is very little water flowing through the system, and what this graph doesn’t tell you is that Delta outflow is required to keep the exports pumps at Tracy from salting up. The entire system is being managed for exports, so I stand by our statement.
” Our lawsuit and TUCP protests filed with the State Water Resources Control Board argue that too much water is being held upstream for exports and that too much water is still being taken at the pumps for the fisheries and in-Delta communities to make it. Salinity measures are showing us that they are getting close to losing control of the system — meaning keeping the Delta fresh.
“There are also real disputes between DWR’s calculations for the charts above and real world measures, so at this time I would not say that we can rely on their graphs. Remember, at the last State Water Resources Control Board meeting in May, it was revealed that only 2% of the flows were allocated for saving the fisheries this year. So, as everything else that comes out of FionaHutton for CA Water Fix and Californians for Water Security, this is nothing more than spin.”
Well, the exporters wanted to promote constructive dialogue. Happy to oblige.