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Give the Delta Protection Commission your input

DPC Primary Zone Study Updates, all from 6-8 p.m.Wednesday, November 3, BrentwoodThursday, November 4, ThorntonTuesday, November 9, Rio VistaDPC Economic Sustainability Plan ForumsMonday, November 8, Oakley, 9-10:30 a.m.Wednesday, November 10, West Lodi/North Stockton, 6-8 p.m.Monday, November 15, Walnut Grove, 6-8 p.m.Tuesday, November 16, Clarksburg, 6-8 p.m.See DPC website for details  http://www.delta.ca.gov/

Paul Wenger State Farm Bureau President visit to South Delta

The meeting between Paul Wenger, State Farm Bureau President, and South Delta Farmers scheduled for October 25, 2010, has been cancelled!Paul Wenger, California Farm Bureau President, will be meeting with Delta farmers at the Roberts-Union Farm Center on Monday, October 25th at 6 pm to hear the concerns of Delta farmers regarding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.The Roberts-Union Farm Center is located at4925 W. Howard Road, Stockton, CA 95206.For more information, call Heather or Mike Robinson at 209-470-4669, or Rogene Reynolds at (209) 992-8090 or (209) 464-8054.We encourage Delta farmers and those in support of the Delta farming community to attend.

Update on the NHA

The National Heritage Area processes now going forward in the Delta differ from the usual NHA process.  Where are the opportunities?  What should we be concerned about? Think tanks concerned about private property issues have noted that NHAs are usually proposed by national and local Green groups working with the National Park Service as a management entity drawing boundaries and using federal funds to influence land use decisions within those boundaries.  In their analysis, the effect is to undermine private property rights.  Regulators “browbeat” landowners into becoming “willing sellers.” According to these think tanks, NHAs are pushed by congressional representatives who hand out money to national Green organizations or wealthy local interests. From what RTD has seen after doing a [...]

Some specific local considerations

A NHA can be viewed as a problem-solver from an in-Delta perspective.  It could allow the Delta to be maintained as a whole, filling in gaps that result from having many reclamation districts and other local authorities with responsibility for protecting and improving Delta levee systems.  It would justify government funding for economic development, such as ag tourism and eco tourism, and for maintaining critical infrastructure. Feinstein’s NHA legislation was a response to counties’ requests for appropriations to help them keep track of all the ongoing planning processes in the delta.  With the NHA as proposed by Feinstein, dollars will flow to the counties through the DPC. The catch is that the Department of the Interior will hold the purse [...]

Where does Restore the Delta stand on a NHA?

The RTD campaign has three questions regarding a NHA:1.  Will a NHA protect water quality and water quantity for fisheries and Delta farms?” Answer:  No.  A NHA will have no direct impact on water quality.  That is why RTD sees the NHA designation as a secondary Delta issue.2.  Will a NHA help or harm Delta communities? Answer:  NHA funding may have a positive impact on local government funding for the five Delta counties.  That’s why they support it. 3.  Will a NHA take away private property rights or add another level of         bureaucracy that will harm the agricultural community and the recreation     community in the Delta, thereby further reducing the taxable base in the five  Delta counties? Answer: [...]

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