The State of California went into Shelter-In-Place for the COVID19 pandemic on March 19, 2020. Despite sheltering in place, Restore the Delta has been working hard from our respective bunkers. As our annual fundraising benefit and other contributor benefits have been postponed indefinitely, we are humbly asking our supporters for immediate contributions so that we can continue our Delta advocacy. Please support our on-line midyear mailer by donating here.
We know the economy is tight for everyone; we are hoping for a large number of smaller donations so that we are not asking too much of any individuals or groups.
Delta project and water planning processes have been deemed as essential by the state, but our funding opportunities have been greatly curtailed. While we are applying for emergency funding and program specific grants, we need general funding to continue with the advocacy portions of our work. Here is just some of what we have been up to, which is unlike any other water organization.
I include this list to show the “bang for your buck,” we deliver when you support Restore the Delta.
From our offsite locations…
MARCH 20, 2020
Organized Activists to Send Comments on Delta Conveyance
Sent detailed comments on the Notice of Preparation for the Delta tunnel.
MARCH 25, 2020
Sent an OPEN LETTER: No Water Shutoffs in California During the COVID-19 Crisis
We took immediate public stands to protect water resources for families impacted by financial loss. We joined onto broad coalition letters for state and federal legislation to protect families from water shutoffs.
MARCH 26, 2020
Organized an Action Alert: Asking the Central Valley Flood Protection Board to Delay “Statement of No Objection” Vote for 60 days!
We called on the Central Valley Flood Protection Board to not grant a permit to DWR for the Delta Conveyance Project until full flood analysis was completed using the 4th Climate Change Assessment.
MARCH 31, 2020
Published Delta Flows: Transparency Does Not Occur By Declaring Transparency; It Takes Intentional Action
We continue to track state actions, not just press releases, to ensure the best decisions are being made for managing the Delta and California water resources.
APRIL 2, 2020
Urged California to Maintain Water Quality Regulations During COVID-19 Crisis
We have pushed for water quality standards to be protected as clean water for all its uses is more important than ever. We were consistent in our execution of advocacy.
APRIL 3, 2020
Celebrated California’s Moratorium on Water Shutoffs
We celebrated the success of our partners, as much as we do our wins.
APRIL 8, 2020
Issued a statement on McCarthy’s Letter to Gov. Newsom
We continue to defend the Delta against extreme water pumping endangering species and water quality for all its uses.
We also held a highly instructive webinar on the history of the Voluntary Agreements, and the need for public comments.
APRIL 13, 2020
Asked GOV. NEWSOM to Stay Tunnel Planning During Pandemic
While we were unable to have a stay granted, we have strongly made our point about how the community must be engaged and included during the pandemic.
APRIL 14, 2020
Organized ACTION: Delta Tunnel NOP Comments
Over 800 comment letters were sent to the Department of Water Resources – a true victory during COVID difficulties.
APRIL 15, 2020
Sent a Letter to State Water Resources Board on Pump Operation Plans, Harmful Algal Blooms and Delta Salinity
We consistently advocate for the protection of Delta waterways, through the dozens of ongoing processes.
APRIL 20, 2020
Held an Earth Day/Online Activism Webinar
This webinar was highly informative and fun – teaching other advocates how to protect water, air, and earth.
APRIL 23, 2020
Applauded State Legal Action Against Trump’s Water Plan
We believe in giving credit, where credit is due.
APRIL 29, 2020
Alerted the Media that CA Water Lawsuit Season Had Begun!
We have pushed for water quality standards to be protected as clean water for all its uses is more important than ever.
APRIL 30, 2020
We joined a Lawsuit Against the California Department of Water Resources
Our comment letters and advocacy all become part of the record for legal action.
MAY 7, 2020
Drinking Water Week (Part 1): The Return of the Same Old Drought
Our policy analyst Tim Stroshane penned a blog that talks about California droughts past and present, and how we can protect drinking water for all—especially customers drinking water from small water suppliers and in rural communities of our state.
MAY 8, 2020
Drinking Water Week (Part 2): The Undead Policies of California Water
These are the undead ideas of California “water policy” today: A Delta Conveyance Project. New Dams and Reservoir Storage. Voluntary Agreements. Such ideas are put forward by the water industry—and few others—as “solutions” to California’s seeming chronic shortage of water.
Not bad for a team of locked-down, dispersed grassroots activists!
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Or you can print out this form and mail a check to Restore the Delta, 925 N. Yosemite St, Stockton, CA 95203.
Thank you for your continued support. We hope you and your families are safe, well, and maintaining heart and humor during this time.
Yours in service,
Restore the Delta