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Stop the Agreement Between the Feds & Westlands Water District!

Dear friends,
 
Update 11.16.16: McClatchyDC reports the bill passed the House Natural Resources Committee. Read article. Please continue to call Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Dianne Feinstein at their local offices to make sure this bill dies in the Senate!
 
Call the local offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer and ask them to oppose bill H.R 4366 (Valdadao) to affirm an agreement between the United States and Westlands Water District (dated September 15, 2015) for the "San Luis Unit Drainage Act Resolution."
 
Senator Dianne Feinstein:

San Francisco: (415) 393-0707

Senator Barbara Boxer:

Oakland: (510) 286-8537

Send a tweet to @SenatorBoxer and @SenFeinstein
 
We need California leaders to stop this destructive legacy where about 350 industrial irrigators will receive close to a million acre feet of a guaranteed water supply contract with no acreage limitations courtesy of the American taxpayer, and at the expense of needed flows to protect the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary.
 
What does the American taxpayer get for paying Westlands Water District's water bills forever at a cost of more than a quarter billion dollars?  Some vague assurances that Westlands will keep millions of gallons of polluted water within their boundaries, and not belch it back into groundwater supplies, the San Joaquin River, and the Delta, when the Federal Government could not solve the same problem for decades. 
 
Our elected officials should be insisting on better water quality protections for communities in the San Joaquin Valley, the Delta, and the San Joaquin River.  Tell them that they should not sully their own environmental legacies by failing to act to curtail this bad deal for Californians and Federal tax payers.  Tell our Senators that they must defend water quality in the San Joaquin Valley and Delta from legacy projects.
 
Thank you for your help with this effort.
 
Yours in service,

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla
Restore the Delta

 

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  • Katherine caldwell
    November 10, 2016, 1:31 pm

    We have one Delta. Do not have the death of the delta estuaries as YOUR legacy. Almonds get shipped out. The Calif Delta is unique, one of a kind and instead of saving this, you are condemning the delta and all the animals and sealife that depend on fresh and brackish waters. The tunnels are called “Jerry Tunnels”. That’s you, that will be your legacy. Please do not build the tunnels.

  • Margaret Tarver
    November 14, 2016, 11:17 am

    Nothing is more important than water in California. We need to do everything that we can to protect our Delta and San Joaquin Valley water.

  • Guadalupe carreon
    November 14, 2016, 1:26 pm

    Please stop the tunnels in Delta

  • Daniel Chavez
    November 14, 2016, 10:03 pm

    I am in concert with all those who need to stop this diversion of water from the Merced River. There are so many plans which can provide a solution to everyone’s goal. Sacramento and Washington D.C. also represent us and they need to lend a ear to our concerns.

  • Matt
    November 15, 2016, 4:23 pm

    I called both numbers. Left a vxml for Sen Boxer and spoke to a rep at Gov Brown’s office.
    thank you for the action request!

  • Richard Dal Porto Jr.
    November 16, 2016, 1:37 pm

    This is terrible. California is in deep debt and they’re forgiving loans!!!!! Who does that!!! On top of that, California is giving a small group of farmers Northern SJV water rights when they should not have any. Unbelievable!!! Please stop this bill!!!

  • Michael Frost
    November 16, 2016, 4:23 pm

    A Bay-Delta that cannot support fish cannot supply clean drinking water. The external costs of farming the semi-aris desert of western San Joaquin Valley must be addressed. Externalizing those costs onto the environment and taxpayers has created a disaster of epic proportions. Please begin mitigation by voting down this bill.
    Sincerely,
    Michael Frost

  • Greg Mariano
    November 16, 2016, 8:28 pm

    Please Please Please stop this lunacy. You need top Stop allowing big money and YOUR OWN POCKETBOOKS to stop you from doing the job we elected you to do. That is “work for the people!” Our government has become the property of big money filled with not only greed but total disrespect for the people and the environment!! This issue will turn into another Dakota pipeline protest! The people are sick and tired of the rich getting richer, not only our expense but the expense of our children when you allow them to destroy the country’s resources!! If GOD wanted farms in desert he would have made them with there own water. For what? A bunch of rich ass NUTS that can’t spend what they have now. It’s pure GREED and IT’S WRONG!!!

  • Jerry Sundly
    November 16, 2016, 10:10 pm

    No tunnels!

  • Katelynn woody
    November 17, 2016, 4:56 pm

    Please do not let this bill pass. It directly affects my family’s heritage and all of us Californians!!! This is a dead end bill and has much more negative impacts than anything else. Please do all you can to squash this bill before it ruins our waterways and Delta even more!

  • Katherine caldwell
    November 18, 2016, 9:25 am

    No! No! No!

  • Katherine caldwell
    November 18, 2016, 9:26 am

    No, no no!

  • Barbara Britton
    November 18, 2016, 9:54 am

    Elected officials should not sully their own environmental legacies by failing to act to curtail this bad deal for Californians and Federal tax payers. Tell our Senators that they must defend water quality in the San Joaquin Valley and Delta from legacy projects.

  • Malka Essock
    November 18, 2016, 10:26 am

    please preserve our delta!

  • Christine Rich
    November 18, 2016, 11:16 am

    Please please please help us stand up to the billionaire bullies who have no forethought into the future of water or concerns about accessibility to clean water for all. Please.

  • Susan Forsyth
    November 18, 2016, 8:28 pm

    Please save the Delta for our children and grandchildren. We are called by God to care for His creation.

  • Kevin
    November 18, 2016, 9:33 pm

    Money isn’t everything. Please help protect what makes California an amazing place to live.

  • Juanita Cannon
    November 19, 2016, 4:35 am

    Stop the tunnels!!!

  • Jeri Spillane Miller
    November 19, 2016, 8:27 am

    STOP the Agreement between Feds and Westland Water District!

  • Theresa Blair
    November 19, 2016, 5:09 pm

    Please save our delta! This is not a fair arrangement at all.

  • Earla Kirkwood
    November 19, 2016, 6:43 pm

    Stop the Agreement Between the Feds and Westland Water District.

  • Lynda Patterson
    November 19, 2016, 7:33 pm

    Delta water health is imperative to the whole state. This effects the San Francisco Bay and nursery of fish stocks for the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

  • Carolyn Boyles
    November 19, 2016, 11:01 pm

    Farmers need to change the crops they grow to plants that need less water. Growing crops that require lots of water, like alfalfa, almonds, and rice in a virtual desert just doesn’t make sense. Ground subsidence and salt water intrusion from overpumping the aquifer is a problem, and water diversions from surface water threatens the environment. At this time, the federal government is unlikely to care about endangered plants and animals, but you should. It is important for leaders in California to take a stand for the Delta and all that depend on its health. Please oppose bill H.R. 4366.

  • Madge
    November 20, 2016, 5:15 am

    Do not let this water grab go through!

  • Pat lind
    November 20, 2016, 12:26 pm

    The Delta is the cradle of many endangered fish and amphibian species. Salmon are a healthy food source worth millions of dollars for our economy. Salmon are native and almond farming is not. We need to start working with nature instead of against her if we want to survive.

  • Mary Peinado
    November 20, 2016, 2:31 pm

    I strongly oppose H.R.. 4366. This is a deplorable bill. Please Senators do the right thing and vote no.

  • Aleta
    November 20, 2016, 6:54 pm

    This is a bad deal for California. Please do not allow this deal to go through.

  • Mitchell Gauthier
    November 21, 2016, 5:47 am

    Please stop this, it cannot be allowed on an already strained to the point of dying ecosystem,

  • Damian R.
    November 22, 2016, 3:53 pm

    Big Ag has for too long have environmentally taken and never given anything back. It’s time to put a stop to this.

  • Terrie Smail
    November 24, 2016, 6:17 pm

    Oppose bill HR 4366. I want you to defend our water quality protections for northern California communities and the SF Bay/Delta Estuary. Please protect our waters from these legacy projects in the San Jouquin Valley & River and the Delta & anywhere else they may pop up in Northern Califoria. We need our water. Do not kill our Delta, stop the Tunnels. Or kill our rivers, please protect them and you will be protecting us.

  • Brian Flores
    November 27, 2016, 8:54 pm

    It is already painfully obvious that California needs to be exremely careful with it’s water supply. We must defend water quality in the San Joaquin Valley and Delta from legacy projects. The Delta is a completely unique ecosystem that we have to respect and protect for the health of the people, wildlife, and environment. Please protect one of California’s greatest treasures.

  • December 3, 2016, 11:17 am

    We must keep asking our government and elected officials to stop the Delta Tunnel project. the Tunnels are dependent on upriver rainwater sources. We must protect our fresh water and can achieve our needs by recycling water and using other water gathering methods. We can both improve our potable water standards and wastewater treatment equipment.
    We can improve our statewide municipal wastewater treatment facilities to produce really useable potable water and construct hundreds of industrial/agricultural wastewater treatment facilities everywhere in the state. Recycling water makes new potable fresh water.
    We can greatly improve the filtration processes and standards. Technology companies have invented many new systems that are in use in the USA and around the world.
    Invasive plant Species that are currently sprayed with herbicides and pesticides can be harvested for composting instead. The harvesting equipment in use in other states is available to purchase and either Compost or biofuel companies or the government can do the harvesting.
    The herbicides (glyphosate) are probable carcinogens (different versions of Agent Orange) and we need to stop spraying. Lets make some new jobs and companies and renovate our world here and now.