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,
Restore the Delta