Restore the Delta

Delta Flows HABs in Stockton: Perspective from a resident scientist

Spencer Fern, Science Coordinator, Restore the Delta, [email protected] the past few years, Stockton has been plagued with a blue-green nuisance known as harmful algal blooms (HABs). As the Science Coordinator for Restore the Delta, I run Restore the Delta’s HABs monitoring program to help fill in data gaps for government agencies related to Stockton waterways.Growing up on the Delta I was able to travel by boat to many locations throughout the region. I also attended a high school in downtown Stockton where our physical education classes were always around the water at McLeod Lake. I never wanted to jump in the water at the Stockton waterfront because of how dirty and foul-smelling the waters are. This dread of the Delta’s unclean [...]

This Giving Tuesday, we are at a crossroad for the future of the Delta. 

Dear Friends, We are at a crossroad for the future of the Delta.  2022 has been a year filled with hope and much progress at Restore the Delta. However, we have also had to remain vigilant in our opposition to the Delta tunnel and regarding government efforts centered on further reducing flows into the estuary through questionable voluntary agreements. Depleting and destroying the Delta cannot become California’s answer to managing water resources for permanent dry conditions throughout the state. Restore the Delta is working to ensure that this will not happen. Additionally, the Delta, which has not seen proper government investment for decades in its infrastructure, recreational sites, or ecosystem and agricultural land protection, must become a priority. Public investment [...]

Restore the Delta Congratulates Rep. Josh Harder (CA-9)

For Immediate Release: 11/16/22Contact:Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Stockton, CA –  As the results of the CA-9 Congressional Election are now in, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, issued the following statement:“Restore the Delta would like to congratulate Josh Harder for his election victory. Representative Harder returning to Congress ensures that an advocate for a healthy and sustainable Bay-Delta estuary will continue to represent us in Washington, D.C.   “We look forward to collaborating with Representative Harder on many projects in the future. We support his ‘Stop the Delta Tunnels Act’  which would prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from issuing a federal permit necessary for the State of California to build the Delta Conveyance Project, commonly known as the Delta Tunnel. He also understands the [...]

Join us on November 17 at 6:30 for our Online Fundraiser, Where the Future Flows!

Join us on Thursday November 17th at 6:30 PM for Where the Future Flows: An Online Benefit for Restore the Delta. Register here today. After polling our members and the majority of those answered that they would prefer a virtual event, we feel that this is the best way we can share with you the work that we are doing while keeping our community safe as we navigate another Holiday season. 2022 has been action packed at Restore the Delta. In fact, we feel as if we have completed more than two years of work just this year, and there is plenty more coming our way. Restore the Delta is now majority staffed by young professionals and interns thirty-years-old and under. We [...]

ICYMI: A Good Water Listen + Register for “Where the Future Flows”!

Updating California Water Policy for Climate Change – West Coast Water Justice on Spotify  Currently, California is on track to lose most if not all native fish species within this century if we don’t adapt to climate change. West Coast Water Justice talks with Clifford Lee;  retired deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice who served the state for 40 years.  Clifford shares his expertise and recommendations for updating California’s water policy to mitigate the effects of climate change. He explains some of the policies that got us here and the nuts and bolts of the agencies that regulate and move water throughout the state. Listen here if you have Spotify. This symposium, sponsored by Restore the Delta, will be led [...]

ACTION ALERT 10/4/22 San Joaquin Salmon, Youth Delta Symposium, Science for Communities

TODAY: Sign the Petition for San Joaquin River Salmon San Francisco Baykeeper and The Bay Institute are cosponsoring a petition demanding a  renegotiation of the San Joaquin Exchange Contract to help restore San Joaquin River Salmon.“Each year, the federal government delivers up to 875,623 acre-feet to the Exchange Contractors. In some years, that is actually more than the entire natural flow of the San Joaquin River. Even in the driest years, deliveries to the Exchange Contractors are only reduced to 75 percent of the full amount, while other water districts are cut back much more.“The destruction of the San Joaquin River; its intended restoration under the 2006 agreement; and the increasing effects of climate change, all make the terms of the Exchange Contract–signed [...]

Updated Action Alert: Delta Tunnel Hearing and Science for Communities Workshop

The California Department of Water Resources public hearings on the draft environmental impact report (EIR) on the proposed Delta Conveyance Project have begun. Read Barbara’s latest blog on the subject for a summary of where we are right now in the process. We need everyone to get involved.  NOTE: The new end date for the comment period is Friday, December 16, 2022. Below you will find instructions from DWR on how to make a three minute virtual public comment at one of the meetings. Remember 250 to 300 words is the maximum number of words for a 3-minute comment.  Upcoming Delta Conveyance Project Draft EIR Hearings Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Zoom Link:Click to Joinhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84861494062?pwd=jnx2K-i2_XhG47Dtw8DkncMBc-b-jD.1English Call-in Information:1-833-548-0282 (Toll Free)Webinar ID: 848 [...]

CA State Water Board issues “Denial of Request for Reconsideration” on Delta Plan Implementation

For Immediate Release: 9/23/22 Contact:Rica Garcia, Environmental Law Clinic, Stanford Law School, (408) 398-4278, rica.garcia[email protected]; Matt Holmes, Little Manila Rising, 415-254-3546, [email protected] Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected], CA – Represented by the Environmental Law Clinic at Stanford, California Tribes and Delta environmental justice organizations this week received a Denial of Request for Reconsideration from the State Water Resources Control Board in response to the coalition’s Request for Reconsideration of the Board decision in June 2022 of denying the coalition’s Petition to Review and Revise the Bay-Delta Water Quality Standards.   The Request urged the Board to address its decades-long failure to update water quality standards as required under state and federal law and its failure to set forth a pathway to remedy the discriminatory effects of that inaction on Indigenous Peoples, communities of color, and [...]

Action Alert 9/18/22: Delta Tunnel Hearings and Science for Communities

The California Department of Water Resources public hearings on the draft environmental impact report (EIR) on the proposed Delta Conveyance Project have begun. Read Barbara’s latest blog on the subject for a summary of where we are right now in the process. We need everyone to get involved.  Below you will find instructions from DWR on how to make a three minute virtual public comment at one of the meetings. Remember 250 to 300 words is the maximum number of words for a 3-minute comment.  Upcoming Delta Conveyance Project Draft EIR Hearings Thursday, September 22, 2022, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.Zoom Link:Click to Joinhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/88236180216?pwd=99fG75btij8-A1UBxwilsfsS57UXBC.1English Call-in Information:1-888-788-0099 (Toll Free)Webinar ID: 882 3618 0216Passcode: 345979Spanish Call-in Information: 602-580-9659 | Access Code: 8833787Chinese Call-in Information: 605-313-5814 [...]

Sunday Roundup: Delta Tunnel Action Alert + Future Delta Leaders Symposium

The proposed Tunnel is a 1995 answer to new challenges California faces in 2022.At the end of July, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) dropped the environmental impact report (EIR) on the proposed Delta Conveyance Project. While the Newsom Administration is wasting time and failing to solve serious problems in the present, RTD is busy tackling the massive EIR document for the latest version of the tunnel. We are focusing on operations, climate change, water quality, agricultural impacts, some fishery impacts, flood control, environmental justice, air pollution, and anything that degrades Delta communities. How You Can Help:There will be several official EIR public meetings sponsored by DWR and the DCA during September.Below you will find instructions from DWR on how to make a three-minute virtual [...]