UPDATE 11/19/14: Dear friends,
There is tremendous confusion on what is happening with the Federal drought legislation because it is being worked on in the dark, and we have received misinformation when calling Senator Feinstein’s office.
The bill is still being negotiated and has not passed the Senate. Please share this link; call the listed Senators, and your Congressional representatives.
Our difficult in communicating what is happening with this bill illustrates how our leaders are keeping the people of the Bay-Delta estuary in the dark about decisions being made on water exports.
Please visit this link to watch the video and call listed Senators!
Dear Restore the Delta friends,
Members of Congress are manipulating the impacts of drought conditions to serve wealthy special interests. Two “drought relief” bills in the Senate needs your immediate attention! The House of Representatives recently passed drought legislation that seeks to accelerate massive water transfers from the SF Bay Delta to special interests in the arid regions of the South and West San Joaquin Valley. Senator Diane Feinstein is also proposing her own “drought relief” bill in the Senate. Both bills will override environmental protections in order to provide “drought relief” for special interests (We have not been given access to the bill’s number).
The SF Bay Delta cannot sustain additional water transfers without collapsing, especially in the midst of a historic drought. These federal drought bills will put in place provisions that will allow water exporters to override existing environmental regulations that protect the SF Bay Delta from excessive water transfers.
If the House and Feinstein drought bill is allowed to pass, it will hasten the extinction of our fish and wildlife species and destroy our regional economies in farming and fishing, resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs and livelihoods.
This House “drought relief” bill and Feinstein’s “drought” bill is in the Senate right now. Take action to save the largest estuary on the west coast of the America! Contact members of the Senate today to tell them you oppose the both the House and Feinstein’s drought bill. Tell Senator Feinstein that she needs to consult with experts of the Bay Delta estuary.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (California)
Special message for Feinstein: Tell Senator Feinstein you oppose her bill and the House bill and that she needs to consult with experts of the Bay Delta estuary.
Phone number: (202) 224-3841 **Corrected phone number**
Do you also have a Twitter and/or Facebook profile? After making a phone call or e-mail, tweet a comment in opposition to the federal drought bill to @Senfeinstein with hashtag #CAWater and post on Senator Feinstein’s Facebook.
Senator Barbara Boxer (California)
Phone number: (202) 224-3553
Do you also have a Twitter and/or Facebook profile? After making a phone call or e-mail, tweet a comment in opposition to the drought bills by the House and Feinstein to @BarbaraBoxer with hashtag #CAWater and post on Senator Boxer’s Facebook.
UPDATE: Please also call the following Senators today and urge them to oppose to the House and Feinstein’s drought bill, which will threaten the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas!
Senator Mark Udall (Colorado): (202) 224-5941
Senator Jeff Merkley (Oregon): (202) 224-3753
Senator Maria Cantwell (Washington): (202) 224-3441
Senator Harry Reid (Nevada): (202) 224-3542
Senator Brian Schatz (Hawaii): (202) 224-3934