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Action Alert: Let us see HR 2898. Call Senator Boxer & Feinstein ASAP! – Updated 12/14

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Dear Restore the Delta friends,

Update 12/14: HR 2898 negotiations continue to the detriment of the Delta. Senator Feinstein is holding the line on Endangered Species Protections for Delta, but is looking to allow more water pumping during periods of more rain, even though we are in the fifth year of drought and the estuary is dying from 30 years of over pumping.

We cannot save the SF Bay-Delta estuary by delivering more water during drought to Westlands Water District. If Feinstein’s new bill allow exporters to turn up the pumps, the Delta will die in the 5th drought year.

Call Senator Feinstein’s office (202) 224-3841, and tell her staff: I appreciate that Senator Feinstein is holding the line on the Endangered Species protections for the Delta, but I expect better. If the new drought bill allows more pumping, the Delta will die in the 5th year of drought. We need more flows to the SF Bay-Delta or our estuary will collapse from the drought and 30 years of over pumping. Tweet this message!

The Delta is not Solomon’s baby! Solomon cannot split the baby on this one. Will Senator Feinstein be remembered as the Senator who saved the SF Bay-Delta estuary, or the Senator who pushed it to collapse during extreme drought for almond exports to China?

Update 12/11: Read our statement to the press.

Update 12/11: URGENT: Senator Dianne Feinstein appears ready to sign off on HR 2898, after negotiations with Central Valley House Congressmen that want to over pump the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Californians have not seen the federal drought bill. We need to make sure it does not harm our Delta estuary, which is on the verge of collapse in this extreme drought. Senator Barbara Boxer says she will NOT sign off on any bill that weaken existing federal protections. Call Senator Boxer ASAP.

Senator Barbara Boxer: (202) 224-3553 Click to Tweet our message to @SenatorBoxer

Tell this to Senator Boxer: Senator Boxer, you promised us an open and transparent process in drought bill (HR 2898) negotiations. Northern Californians haven’t seen the drought bill, now in it’s final stages, and we haven’t been given the opportunity to comment on it yet. It’s our region that will take the environmental and economic impact of this bill. Please slow down the bill process, do not allow passage of this drought bill that has not been vetted in the light of day. We have a right to know how HR 2898 will impact the estuary, the fisheries, our farms, our home, and the source of our livelihood — fresh water flows.

Today, Senator Dianne Feinstein released this statement:

“The bill that Republicans tried to place in the omnibus last week—in my name and without my knowledge—hadn’t been reviewed by me, Senator Boxer, the state or the White House. Each of those parties is key to coming up with a bill that can actually be signed into law.

“There were at least a half-dozen items in the bill that I had rejected and that would have drawn objections from state or federal agencies—some of them would likely violate environmental law. Several more provisions were still being negotiated and hadn’t been reviewed by state or federal stakeholders.

We’ve worked hard all week to resolve these outstanding provisions, and I believe we’ve come to closure on virtually all of them. I expect that by early next week we’ll have a bill that the state and federal government can sign off on. At that point I plan to present the bill to Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell and discuss the best way to move the bill forward through regular order.”

Need a refresher on HR 2898? See this Mercury News editorial, "Drought relief held hostage to trashing the Delta" about HR 2898. Mercury News wrote, "Central Valley Republicans want to strip out essential environmental protections for the Delta to quench Big Ag's thirst for more water for questionable orchard crops such as almonds and pistachios."
 

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  • Sandra Goulart
    December 11, 2015, 9:20 pm

    Do not sign this bill – you will be depleting Northern California group waters so your billionaire agriculture friends can plant in the deserts of the Westside of the San Joaquin Valley!

  • Patricia Hamilton
    December 11, 2015, 9:24 pm

    I called Boxer office and left comment on thier comment line. thank you for your diligence and for your notification.

  • December 11, 2015, 9:58 pm

    Please do NOT let the delta tunnels get approved. I, family and friends use the delta all year round. It is an amazing place and I fear that draining water out of the delta will be environmentally devastating to the delta and all that happens there. In school we learned that the delta was important in filtering the water that comes down from the mountains and the fresh water is important to many species. If the delta becomes more salty, many of the species will disappear as well as much of the plant life and the California Delta will never be the same for our future generations. Please preserve our delta!!!

  • Bob Panzer
    December 11, 2015, 10:09 pm

    Left a message for Senator Boxer, who I believe is more responsive than Senator Feinstein to the constituents in California. I love pistachios and almonds, but is it worth draining the Delta even further to support those water-guzzling crops?

  • Mike Faires
    December 11, 2015, 10:14 pm

    Please do not sign this bill! Please get to know your valley farmers, family farmers and residents before sending our water to corporations and neglectful users of the south.

  • Scott Mortimer
    December 11, 2015, 10:58 pm

    No tunnels for me!
    … please

  • Keith
    December 11, 2015, 11:42 pm

    Please do not pass HR 2898.
    It will turn the Delta into a another Mohave Desert.
    Build storage.
    Don’t divert.

  • Karen Renfro
    December 11, 2015, 11:57 pm

    I just left a message on Senator Boxer’s D.C. office voicemail asking that HR2898 be released for public review & comment before the legislature votes on it.

  • John
    December 12, 2015, 1:11 am

    Protect the environment. Don’t destroy this fishery. Don’t wipe out Northern California agriculture. Do the right thing…do not sign this bill.

  • December 12, 2015, 3:29 am

    I am 67 years old and have recreation activities, fishing/swimming/skiing in the Delta since 1964. I have seen many environmental changes in our water. Striped bass with open sores, dissaperence of flounder in the Carquinez Straights, and our most prized resource, King salmon has been reduced to a very low population. Water quality cannot remain high with less water and we need our water. So why do we waste our water on rice and nuts to send overseas and at the cost to your local Calif/ bay area voters? Why give water and jobs to agribusiness corporations at the cost all others , the small blue collar worker or commercial fisherman or everyone that enjoys the Delta with all its recreation potential that is good for our health and happiness. Salmon are a high protein health food that nature /God gives to us and you make decisions that protect us or destroy us. Please consider what you are doing.

  • Wendy Benavides
    December 12, 2015, 4:04 am

    Please do not sign off on this bill. Please do not allow the Delta Tunnels to be built. Our water is a precious & finite source. If Delta Tunnels are built we will lose hundreds of farms that will be displaced via imminent domain & many more due to reduction in water & salt intrusion. Our economy, environment & quality of life will suffer in order to increase the wealth of billionaires to the south.

  • carl banke
    December 12, 2015, 4:37 pm

    I am in favor of do not sign this bill HR 2898. We need storage not diverting more water from one spot to another.

    Sincerely,

    Carl R Banke Jr.

    510 334 2426

    26270 Parkside Dr
    Hayward Ca 94542

  • Kathleen Amos
    December 12, 2015, 5:32 pm

    Please protect our farms & our Delta that is in danger right now! Vote against tunnels that will rob our water & redirect precious water to Southern California! This drought has threatened ecological disaster for NorCal & extinction for Chinook salmon. We took extreme measures to save water in NorCal while SoCal wealthy homeowners did nothing to conserve. Please do NOT allow them to steal our water through any new bill!!!

  • Barbara Campbell
    December 12, 2015, 6:14 pm

    Stop this nonsense and greedy attitude about water. Water is a necessity in life. The farmers in California must have water to produce the foods we all buy and eat. Without food we will parish. Do they want th deaths of thousands on their greedy little hands? I should hope not. So do the right thing and do not take California’s water to gain greedy profits elswhere.

  • Portdane
    December 12, 2015, 7:14 pm

    I was raised, from the time I was born in 1933, in a home along the levee of the Sacramento River in the heart of the Delta. I water skied in the meadows in 1949. I have fished all of it and know what the depth was in those days. I have seen areas that were 10 feet deep go to 2 feet today. I had my first boat when I was thirteen. I have boated every inch of the delta. I am still on the water almost every day in the summer. It breaks my heart to see the delta the way it is today. My grand children will never know what a beautiful place it was. We are in one of the worst droughts in our history and I have seen more new almond and walnut orchards planted in the last two years from Bakersfield to Sacramento. At the same time they are asking us to conserve wate. For the first time in my life, I now see the Sacramento river flowing north in Walnut Grove on an incoming tide. That means the salt water is flowing north and if the tunnels go in above Courtland and suck the water out of the Sacramento river, the farm land south of Courtland will be history. Unfortunately, Barbara Boxer,Diane Feinstein and Jerry Brown don’t care about the Delta. They are looking out for friends and donators in Southern California. Jerry Brown’s legacy will be the water hyacinth taking over the delta and the silt that builds up every year. The politicians don’t care about the Delta because they don’t know what it was like – I do!

  • Sean
    December 12, 2015, 8:15 pm

    Expanding agriculture in the arid areas of CA is not responsible policy. Our fresh water supply should be supported by policy that uses our increasingly unpredictable supply of water responsibly and sustainably.

  • Lynn Smith
    December 12, 2015, 10:02 pm

    Please do not pass HR2898 .. So little of The Delta is left .. Let the water remain to keep our California Everglades.

  • dave turner
    December 13, 2015, 9:19 pm

    as a native Californian (5th Gen.) I have seen decline in the delta region wildlife where steps aren’t taken.The central and south state doesn’t need more water they just need to use it better.Nor cal led the way in quantity use amounts because we realize the urgency of our actions since the source is in our backyard.

  • December 13, 2015, 9:28 pm

    This is a stupid idea . If there is no water coming from the mountains there is nothing replacing the water or flushing the delta out . It gets hurt enough by a drought . You will cause irreversible damage if you suck water at this point . If we got rid of the 1.5 million illegals we would benefit more from that than sucking the delta . I use 4-5ccf a month myself . One CCF is 750 gallons . 750 x 4 is 3000 gallons a month . In one month @4ccf per month for each illegal that comes to 4.5 billion gallons a month . Should I tell you how much that is in a year ? You don’t even realize how important that Delta is to this state . It’s as important to California as the rainforest is to the Amazon . If you truly are worried about climate change stop screwing up the environment by making stupid decisions .

  • Patricia Cole
    December 14, 2015, 7:26 pm

    Please do not pass HR2898 .. So little of The Delta is left. You will destroy an entire ecosytem we love and value.

  • Ingrid Trujillo
    December 15, 2015, 12:18 am

    Do not drain the Delta River, if this river dies due to excessive draining the ecosystem will parish and the consequences will be catastrophic to an Apocalyptic proportion specially since we are in a severe drought. If things keep going the way they are and pumping out of our river keeps happening the regrets won’t be enough. Farmers along tgr Delta also need the water for farming. Please do not drain the Delta. , you will not regret it.

  • Chris Morris
    December 15, 2015, 3:44 pm

    Stealing more water from Northern California and further degrading the delta to help Big Ag is not good for California. It only helps the big growers, not people, not the future of the area.

  • Todd Vick
    December 15, 2015, 8:09 pm

    Keep all of your dirty hands out of the Delta, leave it alone!

  • Carol D
    December 16, 2015, 12:21 am

    Leave the Delta water in Northern CA it is already in stress mode. Depleting it more will only cause further damage

  • Robert Torre
    December 16, 2015, 1:00 am

    After the recent rains in Northern California, all you have to do is look at the reservoir levels at Trinity Lake and Shasta Lake to view the water releases. They are not allowing the lakes to fill back up. Maybe the Corp of Engineers need to have some changes made also.

  • Cliff Righetti
    December 16, 2015, 7:38 pm

    Really !? take water from our delta !? We don’t want you to do this Gov. Brown.
    this whole policy is unnatural like many other things our government is proposing and allowing. very bad !!!!

  • December 16, 2015, 8:51 pm

    Please Senator Feinstein & Senator Boxer do not sign or promote or vote fro this Bill as long as the tunnel finance is included.

  • Bob Panzer
    December 16, 2015, 10:29 pm

    I was able to get through to Senator Feinstein’s office pointing out that the provisions in the Omnibus Bill allowing for $37 million in federal taxpayer funds to help pay for the planning and building of the Delta tunnels are in violation of California’s Water Code Section 85059, requiring that those contractors are fully responsible for payment of all aspects of this scheme. The response was that this information would be forwarded to the Senator.

  • Caroline Perkins
    December 17, 2015, 6:59 am

    Senators Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer and Governor Brown- You are better than this and think long term. As people have already mentioned, the Delta is not only a gem, under stress already, but it is productive agricultural region and a rich ecological wild life hub and historical landmark. To take any further steps that would result in the diversion of water out of the Sacramento, away from the Delta and down to the Central Valley, is ill conceived, misguided and at irreparable costs that could never be repaired. That the desert of the Central Valley has been planted in permanent, water intensive cash crops was ill conceived, regardless of the relatively short term financial benefits to the industrial farmers and the economy. Further, to allow farmers to continue to rip out less lucrative crops for water intensive high value nut orchards, as an example, is inexcusable. Do not make the Delta pay for the short sited, self serving decisions and efforts of others. That Governor Brown and others have devoted countless hours and millions of dollars already on this misguided plan does not justify the continued fight. Your are better than this. California is full of brilliant people who if given the challenge and willing to take it, can find an answer to our water problems, and if one of the solutions is the acknowledgement that continuing to grow crops in a desert is in truth not good for the environment, that reality needs to be accepted. It is not okay for the greediness and egos of others to supercede long term protections of our state, it’s natural environments, communities and historical preservation. Do not support any further movement towards the Tunnels project.

  • Gary Buck
    December 17, 2015, 3:42 pm

    I urge Senator’s Feinstein and Boxer not to sign this bill. They need to listen to the people of this state that they are suppose to represent and not their donors.

  • December 17, 2015, 6:06 pm

    The US taxpayers should not be funding California’s attempt to send approximately half of the Sacramento River water south to mega growers. This will result in the collapse of the Sacramento River Delta and the fishing, agriculture, recreation and native salmon it supports. This is a rare and valuable resource that should not be sacrificed to the profits of some very wealthy people who seem to be able to buy the support of our elected officials to do their bidding. Does the state really get enough money to sacrifice the largest estuary on the west coast of the United States?
    Mary Switzer, teacher

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  • JUDY BLOOM
    December 22, 2015, 4:13 pm

    ARE THEY INSANE? JUST SAY NO, HELL NO. THANKS, JUDY BLOOM, R.N.

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