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Join us tomorrow at 5:30 for our Town Hall!

DATE: Tuesday October 20, 2020TIME: 5:30 PMGrab a beer after work and some food, and join us for a Restore the Delta Town Hall on 10/20/20 from 5:30 to 7 pm.We will update our members on Delta processes, Delta news, the tunnel, flood planning, harmful algal blooms, Federal legislation, and other general information items.We will answer questions and talk about what lies ahead for the estuary. Register for the webinar here.  California Department of Water Resources (DWR) launched an environmental justice community survey to gather input to inform Delta Conveyance Project planning. The survey, entitled, “Your Delta, Your Voice”, seeks direct input from communities that may be disproportionately affected by the proposed project. Specifically, DWR is seeking direct feedback from the people who live, work, recreate, raise [...]

ICYMI: 10/20 Town Hall, “Your Delta, Your Voice”, & More

DATE: Tuesday October 20, 2020TIME: 5:30 PMGrab a beer after work and some food, and join us for a Restore the Delta Town Hall on 10/20/20 from 5:30 to 7 pm.We will update our members on Delta processes, Delta news, the tunnel, flood planning, harmful algal blooms, Federal legislation, and other general information items.We will answer questions and talk about what lies ahead for the estuary. Register for the webinar here.  California Department of Water Resources (DWR) launched an environmental justice community survey to gather input to inform Delta Conveyance Project planning. The survey, entitled, “Your Delta, Your Voice”, seeks direct input from communities that may be disproportionately affected by the proposed project. Specifically, DWR is seeking direct feedback from the people who live, work, recreate, raise [...]

ICYMI: Delta Smelt Politics, A Twitter Thread 10/14/20

Most of you don’t follow twitter. That’s a very smart decision. But occasionally, something wonderful and informative pops up.Today, we share this thread from Caleb Scoville Ph.D., Asst. Professor of Sociology at Tufts University. CALEB SCOVILLE @calebscoville6:52 AM · Oct 14, 2020(click for link to the thread with graphics)I was bombarded w/ messages about Trump’s claims about California water & a “certain little tiny fish,” the delta smelt, the topic of my dissertation & current book project. I wrote a short reaction piece but was unable to get it published as an oped. Here it is a thread. 1/25 The Real Meaning of Trump’s “Bizarre” Claims About California Water Politics: Trump’s recent behavior may be erratic, but his statements on [...]

Join us on October 20th for a Restore the Delta Town Hall – just one week away!

DATE: Tuesday October 20, 2020*TIME: 5:30 PMGrab a beer after work and some food, and join us for a Restore the Delta Town Hall on 10/20/20 from 5:30 to 7 pm.We will update our members on Delta processes, Delta news, the tunnel, flood planning, harmful algal blooms, Federal legislation, and other general information items.We will answer questions and talk about what lies ahead for the estuary. Register for the webinar here. We’ve been busy at Restore the Delta and now we need your help. Restore the Delta did not meet its funding goals for its mid-year campaign. And we understand why. We have adjusted our staffing accordingly – two full-time employees – two very part-time contractors. We have cut our overhead to next to nothing. Yet, [...]

Join us on October 20th for a Restore the Delta Town Hall!

DATE: Tuesday October 20, 2020TIME: 5:30 PMGrab a beer after work and some food, and join us for a Restore the Delta Town Hall on 10/20/20 from 5:30 to 7 pm.We will update our members on Delta processes, Delta news, the tunnel,flood planning, harmful algal blooms, Federal legislation, and other general information items.We will answer questions and talk about what lies ahead for the estuary. Register for the webinar here.  We’ve been busy at Restore the Delta and now we need your help. 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.  To make an on-line contribution, click here.  Or you can print out this form and mail [...]

Restore the Delta: Governor Newsom’s “30 by 30” Conservation/Climate Plan Offers Hope

For Immediate Release: October 7, 2020 Contact:  Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053 SACRAMENTO, CA — California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-82-20, makes California the first state to proactively advance work to protect 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. According to the governor’s press release:  “The order directs state agencies to deploy a number of strategies to store carbon in the state’s natural and working lands and remove it from the atmosphere. The order also sets a first-in-the-nation goal to conserve 30 percent of the state’s land and coastal water by 2030 to fight species loss and ecosystem destruction.”Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director, Restore the Delta said:  “After hearing some of the details of this order, we are encouraged to [...]

Delta Flows: Nuts and Bolts Edition

While Restore the Delta has been a bit quiet, it does not mean that we have not been working on issues important to the estuary. Like many people and organizations, during the last few months, we have found working circumstances challenging and exhausting. After a day of Zoom meetings, writing external communications has been a bit of a struggle. We are, however, gearing up for the future. Logistics We have closed our physical office, and now have access to a co-workspace in downtown Stockton when needed. We had to take this action because our small office did not provide enough space for staff to work together safely, or for us to train youth for our future water quality testing program [...]

Take the “Your Delta, Your Voice” Survey Today!

Yesterday, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) launched an environmental justice community survey to gather input to inform Delta Conveyance Project planning. The survey, entitled, “Your Delta, Your Voice”, seeks direct input from communities that may be disproportionately affected by the proposed project. Specifically, DWR is seeking direct feedback from the people who live, work, recreate, raise families, run businesses, grow crops, worship, or advocate for equity in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.“Your Delta, Your Voice” has two primary goals. One is to accurately reflect how the members of a variety of Delta communities value the region’s cultural, recreational and natural resources, through a series of questions and a map that allows people to identify places that are special to them. The other [...]

ICMYI: Guest Commentary: The Gulf Hurricane is a Call to Action to Protect Californians from Catastrophic Floods

Guest Commentary: The Gulf Hurricane is a Call to Action to Protect Californians from Catastrophic FloodsMayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton and former state senator Mike Machado– MAVEN’S California Water 9/24/20“The next state Flood Plan must deliver effective flood solutions for all of Stockton and our neighbors. “The good news is that we know the best way to prevent a flood disaster. Improving local levees is only part of the solution. A main focus of preventing a flood disaster should be to design a flood plan that works with nature to restore rivers while reducing flood risk.  In the Delta, we can do that by building the Paradise Cut bypass. This desperately needed infrastructure can protect Stockton in the South Delta, just as the [...]

ICYMI: COVID, Ratepayers, Utility Bills 9/15/20

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla of Restore the Delta asks:“How Can the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California consider spending hundreds of millions of dollars in tunnel planning when so many cannot pay their water bills presently?”Opinion: Metropolitan Water District Can Do Better for Southern California Amid COVID – Times of San Diego 9/11/20“While the Water Authority has been cinching its belt to benefit ratepayers through freezing hiring, limiting travel and training programs and delaying equipment replacement, MWD has not done the same, or at least it has not adjusted its budget and rates in order to pass the benefit of any cost-cutting measures on to ratepayers. In fact, MWD’s board directed staff last April to look for cost-cutting measures to bring back to [...]