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ALERT: Beat Westlands’ Big Push Before the Holidays!

While it was very helpful to have the Senate remove the Rep McCarthy drainage rider (H.R. 1769), a $320 million giveaway to the Westlands Water District, from the recent National Defense Authorization Act conference report, the leaders of Westlands are aggressively continuing to look for other vehicles to attach the bill to in the coming weeks -- apparently to avoid any review of the merits of the bill on the House Floor or in the Senate.   Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris opposed including the bill rider in the Defense bill.  We are asking you to call them, to thank them for the past opposition to the drainage rider for Westlands, and to ask them to insist that legislation go [...]

Union of Concerned Scientists Tackles California Water’s Climate Change Challenges

In the last week, the Union of Concerned Scientists have published two exceptional blog posts about how to better manage California’s water in the wake of climate change.   Western states senior climate analyst for UCS, Adrienne Alvord reveals the need to improve climate change modeling practices and data literacy among water management officials in her blog post, “Water in an Uncertain Future: Planning the New Normal.” Alvord explains,   “Researchers and scientists at UCS and the Stanford Law and Policy Lab released a report today that says much more needs to be done to ensure adequate groundwater management, and, by extension, overall water management in an era of rapid climate change.   “The report found nearly half of the [...]

Take Action: Westlands is Still Trying to Farm American Taxpayers!

Friends of the Bay-Delta,   We just received confirmation that Rep. McCarthy's attempt to add H.R. 1769, the Valadao drainage bill to approve the Westlands settlement, to the NDAA Conference, was rejected by the Conference Committee. The Rider will not be included in the final bill thanks to advocates like you who called and wrote to your Senators.  "We are still going to look for every possible vehicle to get this done," Westlands Deputy General Manager Johnny Amaral said in an interview. "This is a large problem. It's coming to a head, and if it doesn't get resolved by Jan. 15, there will be consequences." Valadao echoed those remarks. "Congressman Valadao has always, and will continue to, pursue every available [...]

Letter: Reject Westlands Drainage Deal (H.R. 1769) Rider on NDAA

This letter is submitted on behalf of Local Agencies of the North Delta and Restore the Delta. We are writing to express our strong opposition to H.R. 1769, the San Luis Drainage Resolution Act, and our alarm that a concerted effort is underway to include it in the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) through a rider. We urge you to reject inclusion of this rider in the NDAA because it is not germane to the Armed Services Committee. (Upon its introduction, the bill was referred to the Natural Resources Committee.)

Tell Senators: Stop Westlands From Farming American Taxpayers!

Friends of the Bay-Delta,   From our friends at The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA):   Please Contact:
 Senator Dianne Feinstein- (202) 224-3841, (310) 914-7300, (415) 393-0707, (559) 485-7430 Senator Kamala Harris- (202) 224-3553, (213) 894-5000, (415) 355-9041, (559) 497-5109   Tell both of California’s senators that you oppose HR 1769, the San Luis Drainage Resolution Act, which is expected to be added as a rider on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 in the next ten days, or else will move to the Senate as a stand-alone bill in the next month. Tell Harris and Feinstein that they should not sign onto the administration's anti-environmental agenda by supporting this bill. HR 1769 is a huge giveaway [...]

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