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Stop The Tunnels: One of the Most Important Actions for 2017

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Dear Supporters,
We know that we’ve asked a lot of you, our members, in terms of attending government meetings to speak out against the tunnels. However, the Delta Stewardship Council meeting on April 28, 2017 in Sacramento is one of the most important meetings for you to attend in 2017. We hope that you can join us.
Mark your calendars:
The meeting will begin on April 28 at 9 a.m. at the Park Tower Plaza, 980 Ninth Street, Sacramento, 2nd Floor Conference Room.

Why is this action so important?
We need you to voice your opposition to the Delta Plan amendments to the Council because in this document: the Delta tunnels come first for promoting “improved” conveyance over consideration of other options. The Delta Plan amendments fail to consider other options for improving conveyance, like fixing existing fish screens, and continue the Council’s pattern and practice of ignoring the portion of the Delta Reform Act that calls for reduced reliance on the Delta, as well as protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. Read our press release and letter to the Delta Stewardship Council on the Delta Plan amendments.
In addition, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has made it clear to their own board that they need this amendment to become part of the Delta Plan so that they can move forward with evaluating and approving their financial contribution toward the Delta tunnels. Therefore, your attendance is more important than ever.
How should you prepare your comment?
Your comments should focus on the impacts the Delta Tunnels will have on your home, farm, business, town or city and why the project cannot meet the co-equal goal of restoring and protecting the Delta. The co-equal goals are to provide a more reliable water supply for California AND protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The role of the Delta Stewardship Council is to advance both of the co-equal goals. Also, it is worth pointing out that the Delta Tunnels cannot improve water supply reliability because there are no longer any guarantees of water deliveries as part of the project — water contractors will be going through the same water availability processes in the future with the State Water Resources Control Board to fill the tunnels as they do now.
Please be ready to attend. Feel free to use our comment letter to the Delta Stewardship Council as a helpful tool for your own public comment. Limit your comment to 3 minutes in length, about 390 words. Bring your friends and family. The Delta Stewardship Council is supposed to be the steward of the Delta. We need you remind them of this duty.
Other actions you can take:
Want to make an extra impact?
* Click here to send a tweet telling the Council to stop favoring the Delta Tunnels — you may personalize this tweet.
* Post a comment on their Facebook page regarding this Delta Plan amendment. Remember to be courteous.
* Make a phone call to voice your comments to Eric Alvarez, the Delta Stewardship Public Information Officer, at (916) 445-5383 and/or Cassandra Enos-Nobrida, Delta Plan head staff, at (916) 445-0258.
While we understand some people cannot take time off work, it is very important to be at this meeting. Right now, bodies count. If you absolutely cannot make it, you can send an electronic e-mail by following these instructions:

1) Title your e-mail, “Public Comments for Delta Plan Amendment, 4/28/17 Board Meeting”
2) IMPORTANT: Include in your comments a note to have your comments read aloud at the Board meeting
3) Address the e-mail to the Clerk of the Board, Pat Rogers, [email protected] and to the Delta Plan head staff, Cassandra Enos-Nobrida, [email protected].

Thank you.
Yours in service,
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla

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  • Alexander Montalvo
    April 5, 2017, 10:16 pm

    This tunnel effort is very similar to the Owens Valley Water War. There were strategic advance preparations made to ensure the the legality of advancing the taking of the water in behalf of the los Angeles water district. The purpose of buying up land along the Owens River assured the water rights for the project. Is that not similar to the buying strategic “tracts/islands”along the proposed pathway of the tunnels? Also, there was no concern for the ecology or the livelihood of all the people that depended on the Owens River and Owens Lake. Eventually, after almost fifty years, the State Water Resources Control Board made a decision # 1631 that established a significant public trust protection and eco- system standards. The Public Trust Doctrine states in part, that ” navigable bodies of waters must be managed for the benefit of all people”. The Public Trust applies to both waters influenced by the tides and the waters that are navigable. The Trust also applies to the natural resources ( mineral or animal) contained in the soil and water over those public trust lands. It seems that the 1994 decision of the State Water Resources Control Board, # 1631, should be remembered and adhered to.

  • April 18, 2017, 10:04 am

    I leave in the Delta River for many years came from the Philippines.. Got lot’s of friends they’re farmers.!!Our farmers need a water not salt water! I don’t like to spend another trillions of money!! We’re broke! Fixed it the old problem and save money for our children and save our community! Please stop the tunnels! !!!!!!!

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