Part of the Bay Area News Group

San Joaquin Delta water war documentary to debut with Ed Begley Jr.

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 12:09 pm in water.

It may not be an Oscar contender but folks who like to drink water may want to catch the Aug. 8 premiere of “Over Troubled Waters,” a documentary about efforts to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta into the Central Valley and Southern California.

Veteran water warriors and congressional reps. George Miller and John Garamendi are scheduled to host a news conference an hour before the 7 p.m.  show.

Both Miller and Garamendi go back decades in California’s perennial fight over how to share water across the vast state between the fish, the farmers and the residents.

The congressmen and the Delta counties are gearing up for another battle after state and federal officials announced plans last month to pursue the construction of a large underground pipeline — the latest iteration of the Peripheral Canal — and divert Delta water into the Central Valley and the Los Angeles area. Delta counties say the diversion will degrade the environment and lower the quality of their drinking water supplies.

Restore the Delta, an environmental organization, produced the documentary, which is narrated by actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr.

“It is our chance to tell the real Delta story,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta. “This film reveals how powerful forces are using fear of flooding and earthquakes to make a case for transforming a unique, beautiful, productive region into a permanent way station for water going somewhere else. They are trying to shore up an outdated water system with a massive, multi-billion dollar water transfer project that Californians will be paying for decades.”

The film premieres at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 in Sacramento at the Crest Theater. For all the who-what-where details, read the news release below.

“Over Troubled Waters”:

Sustainable Water Advocates, Congressman George Miller to Premiere Film on Water Wars

“Over Troubled Waters, a documentary about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, will premiere on August 8th at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. U.S. Reps. George Miller and John Garamendi will join hundreds of sustainable water policy advocates at a news conference prior to the film premier, which will be the centerpiece of a public education effort to stop the building of peripheral tunnels.

In this visually rich documentary, Ed Begley Jr. narrates the story of how the people of the Delta are fighting to protect the region they love and to encourage saner, sustainable water policies for all the people of California.

“This is our chance to tell the real Delta story,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, which produced the documentary. “This film reveals how powerful forces are using fear of flooding and earthquakes to make a case for transforming a unique, beautiful, productive region into a permanent way station for water going somewhere else. They are trying to shore up an outdated water system with a massive, multi-billion dollar water transfer project that Californians will be paying for decades.”

Tickets are available on-line for a $10 donation at restorethedelta.org. Some tickets will also be available at the door.

What: Over Troubled Waters, Media availability: 6:00 p.m.,

Film screening: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Crest Theater, 1013 K St., Sacramento, CA

When: Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Who: U.S. Representative George Miller, Sen. Lois Wolk, Assem. Bill Berryhill, Russ Fisher, Media Creations; Jason Sturgis, Open Oceans Productions, hundreds of Delta residents, including farmers and fishermen

Restore the Delta is a 7000-member grassroots organization committed to making the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable to benefit all of California. Restore the Delta works to improve water quality so that fisheries and farming can thrive together again in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. www.restorethedelta.org

 

[You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.]

  • moderate voter

    This renewed effort to grab NorCal water by Southern Californian politicians and water groups is one of the reasons it’s crucial we return Jerry McNerny to Congress. This wanna-be Congressman Ricky Gill can’t be trusted, as the the Times has reported he has made a stealth-like alliance with these SoCal water groups. Jerry McNerny will never vote for the peripheral canal – never. As I understand it this new water grab is going to be “sold” as a jobs program – an appeal to out of work Californians, but we don’t need to wreck the Delta to put people back to work. We need to return Jerry McNerny, George Miller, and John Garamendi to Congress, they are the triple terrors to these SoCal water groups. Miller, in fact, has been fighting these SoCal water people for 30 years, he knows how to throw monkey wrenches into water grabs.

  • JohnW

    We’re in a tough spot. Last I looked, Southern Cal outnumbered us. Also, Jerry Brown is now linking Delta levee upgrades to the tunnel project. And a GOP-controlled House will be more sympathetic to Orange and San Diego counties that to the Bay Area.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Will Ed Begley bring Jane Lynch and Harry Shearer with him?

  • Nativewateronly

    Ricky Gill may be courting SoCal water interests, but your ‘local farmer’ Jeff Denham is owned by them. He has collected 100′s of thousands from them as well as substantial contributions from his puppet master, Congressman Devan Nunes, whose sole duty is to get water out of northern California for the farmers he represents in Tulare, Kings and Kern County.

    Where is Denham from? This year its Turlock. Last year it was Atwater. Before that it was Salinas. He is a pure opportunist whose only task in Congress is to raise money for special interests.

  • Mr209

    I think Moderate Voter should change his name to McNerney Voter.

    Look at yesterday’s Stockton Record:

    “It wasn’t until July 2011 that McNerney stood on the House floor and firmly denounced the canal. The next day, he announced he would run for re-election in the newly mapped district centered on the Valley, including Stockton and the Delta.”

    That’s called opportunism. I’ll take a San Joaquin County family farmer over a Bay Area import any day.

    http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120806/A_NEWS/208060315

  • Pingback: Sunday Reading – 08/12/12 « Romick in Oakley