Earlier this year, thousands of Restore the Delta supporters signed a petition urging the State Water Resources Control Board to update outdated water quality standards for the Bay-Delta region. Now we need your action in person!
This outdated 20-year-old Water Quality Control Plan allows more than half the water needed for the delta’s ecological health to be diverted away for unsustainable Big Agriculture on the west and south San Joaquin Valley.
The State Water Resources Control Board is currently in Phase I of updating the plan. We need to make sure that the State Water Board gets it right and is not influenced by special interests. New water quality standards that truly protect communities and species is a proactive step that helps ensure reliable water supplies for all water users of the Bay-Delta. Learn more about water quality here.
We need you to make your comments! The public comment process ends January 17, 2017, and all hearings conclude January 3, 2017. Please limit your oral public comment to 3 minutes in length.
Here are some important points to make:
1) A permanent reduction of exports must happen to protect the Delta. What is the true efficacy of this update to SJ flow standards if water exports from the Delta are not going to be dealt with? The San Joaquin River must reach Chipps Island in order to restore, protect, and preserve the entire estuary. If unsustainable water exports are not dealt with, we worry that water quality and quantity objectives for the Delta will never be met.
2) We do not want to see a weakening of salinity standards in the South Delta. Water quality standards must be protected for agriculture, drinking water, municipal discharge, fisheries, and ground water recharge.
3) The State Water Board must consider environmental justice communities in terms of drinking water and domestic use. Phase 1 Recirculated Draft SED fails to consider environmental justice communities in chapters 5 and 9 (hydrology/water quality and groundwater).
Join us at these hearing dates below to make your comments:
For other dates and locations, click here to see the State Water Board’s notice.
If you cannot make any of the dates, you can make a written comment by following these instructions:
SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS
The State Water Board will accept both written and oral comments on the proposed Plan Amendment and the SED. Written comments must be received no later than 12:00 noon on January 17, 2017, and addressed and submitted to:
Jeanine Townsend, Clerk to the Board
State Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street, 24th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814-0100
Comment letters may be submitted electronically, in pdf text format (if less than 15 megabytes in total size) to the Clerk to the Board via e-mail at comment[email protected]. Please indicate in the subject line: “Comment Letter – 2016 Bay-Delta Plan Amendment & SED.” You may also submit your comments by fax at (916) 341-5620. Electronic submission is preferred, but not required.
Couriers delivering comment letters must check in with lobby security personnel, who can contact Jeanine Townsend at (916) 341-5600.
Recently I was in the Delta on a Birding Expedition and saw some of the area’s that will be destroyed by placing two tunnels in the Delta. Not good news for wildlife and restoration.
All the science I have seen says to me that there has not been adequate thought about the consequences of decreased water, and the impacts it will have on the Delta and the SF Bay.
Perhaps going back to the drawing board with more environmental focus would be prudent.
Until then I am stongly against the Delta Tunnel Project and voted for Jerry Brown!
The delta is where I love to go fishing, without it I dont know what I would do. The wild life is beautiful and shouldn’t be touched. Let it grow even more for our future to enjoy it.
Sending half of OUR water half way down the state is NOT sustainable. First, farmers should be FORCED to use water-saving irrigation. I have personally witnessed water-wasting irrigation at farms that spray water up in the air MANY times. Ordinary citizens have been forced to economize and it is WAY past time that big agriculture be made to do the same. The big-Ag lobby has lots of money, but OUR governing boards should not play corrupt whore to big-Ag.
The comment period has been extended through March 17. See http://www.turlockjournal.com/section/12/article/33426/ .