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Action alert: Bad federal drought legislation is back. [Update June 1st, 2015]

10269505_10152189291869563_1574115401746083033_nDear Restore the Delta friends, 

For an update on the federal drought legislation, click here. No Delta representatives or fishery experts were invited to the panel hearing scheduled for June 2, 2015.

It's back! We've been keeping track on federal drought legislation that will have horrible impacts on the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas. We need to act fast.

We do not have bill numbers/titles yet for the House or Senate versions of the two bills, but we do know that the most recent House draft will harm west coast salmon, override key environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act, and will ruin Delta water quality for all Bay-Delta users (farmers, drinking water, native fish, wildlife refuges).

The House bill is fast tracked in the Natural Resources Committee for quick passage. While there is no bill number yet, we need you to move quickly in letting U.S. senators and our own senators aware of your position on federal drought legislation. 

Please call these Senators of the Senate Energy Committee:
Chairman/Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK): 202-224-6665
Senator Maria Cantwell (WA): (202) 224-3441
Senator Ron Wyden (OR): (202) 224-5244
Senator Mazie K. Hironi (HI): (202) 224-6361
Senator Cory Gardner (CO): (202) 224-5941
And of course: 
Senator Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA):  (202) 224-3841
Senator Barbara Boxer (CA): (202) 224-3553

Tell them: "The San Francisco-Bay Delta estuary, the nursery for coastal fisheries, the San Francisco Tourist Economy, and the source of life for 4 million Delta residents must be protected from over pumping." Watch this video for more details on what you can say and to understand the background of this issue. 

Yours in Service,
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director


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  • Steve Howlett
    May 27, 2015, 2:36 am

    Protect the Delta and everyone and everything that rely on its health and well being. NO TUNNELS, NO OVER-PUMPING!

  • Georgiana White
    May 27, 2015, 3:04 am

    Please don’t disturb the delta and the nature that depends on it. Native Americans honored and valued the land, we need to respect their wisdom and how they cherished the land that so many depend on. Sincerely, Georgiana White

  • Judith Kirk
    May 27, 2015, 11:22 pm

    I called all 7 senators and left messages for each. Weirdly, Sen. Feinstein’s face and info pop up for Boxer in some places, and your site lists the same ph # for both. But I did get through. Thank you all for all you are doing.

  • Connor Jacobs
    May 31, 2015, 3:34 pm

    We need to protect our water reserves, people!!! We do not need start over pumping out water supplies!!

  • Teresa Hernandez
    June 2, 2015, 2:25 am

    Please reconsider the tunnels we already have the Delta mendota canal. Find another solution to the water shortages in the southern part of our state without changing what is left of the natural flow of our Delta. How about limiting growth and expansion in areas that do not have enough water currently?

  • Janet McCormack Suzio
    June 2, 2015, 5:51 pm

    i left a message for Dianne Feinsten to support the San Joaquin delta Farmers.

  • Barbara Britton
    June 2, 2015, 7:51 pm

    This is ecodestruction. We must stop the tunnels from ever happening. The Delta must be protected.