Restore the Delta

Halfway Home: Delta Communities Stronger Together is May 29.

Join us on Wednesday May 29that Wine & Roses in Lodi, Ca.We will be honoring the Delta Working Teamfor their hard work and dedication to the Delta.Tickets are $80 for individuals and $150 for couples.Sponsorships available. Purchase tickets now!

Fourth Annual H2O Hackathon Challenges Students to Use Technology to Protect Californians from Floods

March 15, 2019 019-037: UPDATED H2O Hackathon Advance Contacts: Zack Johnson, (209) 468-4937; Stephen Callahan, (209) 468-9247; Bret States, (209) 468-4961 More students than ever will compete for prize-money totaling $11,000 to develop apps promoting dam safety. San Joaquin County students are back to focus their computer-coding and problem-solving skills on California water issues at the Fourth Annual H2O Hackathon at the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) on Saturday, March 16. This year’s challenge, “What’s the Dam Problem,” focuses on the system of dams providing California with both water storage and protection from flooding by holding back millions of acre-feet of water. Strong, well- maintained dams keep downstream communities safe; technology can make them even safer. Students will [...]

California Groups Issue Bernhardt Warning: Former Lobbyist is Acting on Behalf of Former Clients at Interior

For Immediate Release: 3/11/2018 Contact:Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053Kathryn Phillips, Sierra Club California, 916-557-1100 x 1020Noah Oppenheim, Executive Director, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, 415-561-5080  Sacramento – In a letter sent to Senators Warren, Blumenthal, and Harris today, California water, fishing, environmental organizations and tribal leaders are raising serious ethical questions about acting interior secretary David Bernhardt. A brutal confirmation fight is expected soon in the Senate as President Trump has now nominated Bernhardt to permanently lead the Department of the Interior. Bernhardt has served as deputy secretary since early in the Trump administration, and became acting secretary after Ryan Zinke resigned in December 2018 under an ethical cloud. Bernhardt brings multiple conflicts of interest to this position. [...]

Fishing and river groups weigh in on the Voluntary Agreements

March 7, 2019 Maven Their analysis concludes that the voluntary agreements as proposed could worsen conditions in the Delta Last week, the Department of Water Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife submitted a proposal to the State Water Board as an alternative to the update of the Bay Delta Plan.  The submittal for the agreement was signed by 44 individuals, representing mainly water agencies and irrigation districts, but also included American Rivers, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, and other conservation groups. This morning, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, the Golden Gate Salmon Association, Restore the Delta, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and other fishing and river groups have released an analysis that is critical of those Voluntary [...]

ACTION ALERT: Tell Sacramento You Support Oversight Of Delta Tunnel Spending!

We need supporters of transparency for California WaterFix (SB204) to attend the hearing of the Senate and Natural Resources and Water Committee on March 12th at 9:30 AM at the Capitol in room 112.  Arrive early to fill out a blue speakers card.  Keep your comments focused on the need for contractual and financial oversight of WaterFix. (This is not a hearing about whether we oppose or support tunnels; it is about the need for oversight.) And be prepared to have comment time reduced to one minute.  Nevertheless, it is very important to have a physical presence at the hearing.   MWD will have all the usual suspects from water districts with their lobbyists present to fight the bill. WHO: Restore the Delta, Concerned Bay/Delta ResidentsWHAT: Senate Natural Resources [...]