Friends Join Twin Tunnels Lawsuit

The Friends joined with a coalition of ten other environmental groups to challenge the approval of the Delta twin tunnels project, called the California Waterfix project. On July 21, 2017, the Department of Water Resources approved an environmental document and the twin tunnels project. The Friends contend the project will negatively impact species that rely upon the Refuge and the proposed environmental mitigations are legally deficient to protect the resources of the Refuge. "We're extremely concerned about the unmitigated impacts on the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, which is effectively "ground zero" for the effects of the construction and operation of the proposed tunnel intakes, especially on avian resources such as the Greater Sandhill Crane," said Scott Finley, President of the Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. "The Refuge is vital habitat for this species in the Sacramento region and it must not be degraded." A copy of the petition which has been filed may be accessed here: Petition. A copy of the press release announcing the lawsuit may be accessed here: Press Release