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Restore the Delta Defends Stockton’s Water Rights Application

Water treatment depends on adequate flow

For Immediate Release: 11/9/21

Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected]

Stockton – Today, Restore the Delta presented a letter to the State Water Resources board defending the City of Stockton’s water right application for the Delta Water Supply Project. 

At issue is whether the City’s water diversion and treatment system will be put to full use, or sit as a partially stranded asset, harming Stockton’s water quality, especially in environmental justice (“disadvantaged”) communities.

The letter concludes…
“Finally, forcing the City of Stockton to accept its water diversion and treatment system as a partially stranded asset would be discriminatory. Stockton is home to a large environmental justice (or “disadvantaged”) community, and can ill afford to have its municipal water system be the object of harassment by the Water Board and protestants to this proceeding.”

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director, Restore the Delta said:

While Delta groups are seeking to be part of the voluntary agreement process to give input and voice concerns around water quality and quantity needs to protect fisheries, wildlife, and people, efforts are being made by the state to strip Stockton of its necessary water right to provide cleaning drinking water for a significant environmental justice community. 

Stockton, California’s 11th largest City, is continuously on the losing end with state interests around water planning and protection of area resources. This needs to change. 

Clean water, access to drinking water, and regional planning need to encompass protection of all communities — including Stockton’s environmental justice community.