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ACTION ALERT: The Newsom Delta Tunnel Process Begins

The long process of official DWR-sponsored meetings around the Environmental Impact Report for the Delta tunnel begins this summer. We recommend that all our followers register for the webinars sponsored by DWR and the Design Construction Authority to listen and respond with smart, factual, yet passionate critique as necessary. Head and heart make for the best responses. We will be reading documents and providing analysis in great detail on the first topics rolling out the door because we are already picking up on flaws in messaging.  However, the details are always what matter — and we will be combing through the details as we have always done to share with all of you. Our work on the Delta tunnel isn’t over.  Let’s [...]

Call to Action: Your help is more important now than ever before.

Dear friends,Our Living Delta is a summer campaign to help Restore the Delta fully recover from Covid business conditions so that we can continue with the immediate and necessary work of protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary during extreme drought conditions. We hope that you can support this campaign with a contribution, and if you have already made a contribution to our campaign, we sincerely thank you.Last year, Restore the Delta made it through difficult business operations, including the cancellation of our major fundraising event, because of supporters like you. Unlike other organizations and businesses, we tightened our belts, and kept the metaphorical lights on from multiple locations without taking any loans or going into debt. Instead, our staff took pay [...]

ICYMI 6/10/21: MWD’s New Leader, Drought, Solutions

After a bitter fight, Southern California’s water kingpin has a new leader – Los Angeles Times 6/9/21The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has hired Adel Hagekhalil as its next general manager, following a bitter power struggle over the future of an agency that delivers hundreds of billions of gallons each year from the Colorado River and Northern California to a region that otherwise wouldn’t have nearly enough water to support 19 million people. …A coalition including L.A. Waterkeeper, Restore the Delta and the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter called him “the right choice during this time to heal the organization and prepare our region in the face of persistent drought and changing climate.”A Hotter Climate Is Shrinking The Water Supply In The Western [...]

Relax and watch Our Living Delta with your favorite Sunday beverage!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFpDppmLHnE&t=4s Couldn’t watch Our Living Delta live on Friday?No worries – You can watch our summer campaign kick-off above and donate here!Auction items are still available to bid on until Tuesday 6/8 at 12pm. Check them out here. Dear friends, Our Living Delta is a summer campaign to help Restore the Delta fully recover from Covid business conditions so that we can continue with the immediate and necessary work of protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary during extreme drought conditions. We hope that you can support this campaign with a contribution, and if you have already made a contribution to our campaign, we sincerely thank you. Last year, Restore the Delta made it through difficult business operations, including the cancellation of our major fundraising event, [...]

DROUGHT: Bay-Delta Water Quality Waivers Protested Groups explain legal case for ‘injury’ in protest to water officials

For Immediate Release: June 4, 2021Contact:Tim Stroshane, Restore the Delta, 510-847-7556Tom Stokely, Save California Salmon, 530-524-0315Matt Holmes, Little Manila, 415-254-3546 Sacramento – Today, a coalition of environmental, fishing, and social justice organizations sent to state and federal water officials a formal protest against the proposed “Temporary Urgency Change Petition” (TUCP) submitted by the California Department of Water Resources and United States Bureau of Reclamation.The formal letter of protest sent to agencies today, explains that: The State Water Board has statutory water rights and constitutional authority over what becomes of Petitioners’ supplies that remain. In the service of reasonable protection of public trust resources, sacred and native fish species, and Delta communities from water-borne and aerosol toxins from harmful algal blooms, [...]

New MWD general manager praised as a “visionary and inclusive leader”

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2021 Contact:Caty Wagner, Sierra Club, 203-988-3584Conner Everts, Southern California Watershed Alliance, 310-804-6615 Los Angeles – Western Tribes, water, climate, and social justice groups are praising the Southern California Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Board of Directors’ choice of Mr. Adel Hagekhalil to be the next general manager of the state’s largest and most powerful water district. In a letter to the board, the coalition states:“This is the right choice during this time to heal the organization and prepare our region in the face of persistent drought and changing climate. We look forward to partnering with you and the new GM on creating a healthy, safe and collaborative work environment at MWD.”More groups are joining the coalition each day.Conner Everts, Southern California Watershed [...]

Delta Flows: Met’s Kightlinger signing off, but his talking points linger

What a week, and it’s just started.We awoke Monday to the pleasurable sounds of the general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) Jeffrey Kightlinger’s swan song interview with the Water Education Foundation. After 15 years in charge of an arrogant boys club with many issues, Kightlinger is stepping down. Takeaway? We outlasted him! On the Delta Tunnel(s) issue, Kightlinger is asked:The proposed Delta Tunnel is years away from being complete, assuming all goes according to plan. Will California ever solve the conundrum of protecting the Delta while ensuring reliable water supplies through the State Water Project? KIGHTLINGER: The progress is very slow, there is no denying that, and it’s frustrating. But on the other hand, I do think there [...]

Send us your video and be included in Our Living Delta: A Benefit for Restore the Delta!

Our annual fundraiser looks a little different this year, but we want to include our members in the live show.We’re asking for 30-second videos from you answering the following questions:  Why do you follow Restore the Delta?What the Delta mean to you?What do you want for the Delta’s future? Not a tech expert? No problem! Just shoot the video on your smartphone and email it to [email protected] will include 10 of the submitted videos in our live show on June 4th at 6:00. We want to honor the people that have supported us over the years, while making sure that everyone is safe.  The deadline to submit your video is Friday May 21, 2021! If you have any questions, please email Mariah [...]

Delta Flows: Gov. Newsom Expands Drought Proclamation

– Tim Stroshane and Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla On May 10, 2021, Governor Newsom expanded his drought emergency declaration to 39 additional counties, now 41 in all. His latest declaration tears pages from the playbook Governor Brown used in 2013 and 2014. There will be at least one, and perhaps more, salinity barriers in the Delta to be installed by the California Department of Water Resources. This will disrupt waterways, create stagnant pools, and with established algae concentrations, more and probably larger harmful algal blooms (HABs) throughout the summer and fall. HABs pose dangers to public health through water contact to people and dogs, but also from emission of airborne contaminants. There is as of yet no timeline for the Delta salinity barriers. Newsom’s emergency declaration suspends [...]

ICYMI 5/10/21 Drought, Water Rights, VAs, SJ River Basin Plan

COLUMNS AND OPINIONSNo, California isn’t ‘flushing water to the ocean,’ despite what Fresno politicians say – Fresno Bee 5/7/21I’m guessing that’s not news to most folks. What they may not understand about the Delta — and certainly won’t be told by Fresno-area politicians bent on keeping the narrative simple — is the vital role it serves not just for fish and the environment, but entire fishing industries. In addition to providing water for Bay Area residents and farmers in five counties.Those same politicians certainly won’t tell you the Delta, thanks to decades of diversions, over-pumping and slow poisoning, is on the brink of ecological collapse. Because that doesn’t fit their narrative, either. “State must reform water rights system” – Letter to the Editor, [...]