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RTD Update: Taking Care of Business Edition

It has been another busy day at Restore the Delta. These days, we are spending more time weighing in on processes that protect the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary than we are pushing a public message. That’s because we are in the let’s-get-stuff-done phase of our work. But that doesn’t mean our followers shouldn’t be aware of our efforts.   Here are some recent RTD actions:We have been advocating with Delta agricultural and fishing groups for passage of SB 1 — to protect Delta fisheries.https://www.restorethedelta.org/wp-content/uploads/Letter-to-Governor-Newsom-in-Support-of-SB1-final.pdfWe have joined comments created by our coalition partners for federal and state protection of Delta tributaries and waterways.https://www.restorethedelta.org/wp-content/uploads/PCL-et.-al-Cmt-Letter-GBP-Stormwater-Plan-CEQA-_09-09-2019-1.pdfWe have written comments about the linkages between climate change impacts to the Delta and the linkage to local groundwater sustainability planning [...]

Urgent Fundraising Appeal

August 22, 2019 Dear Friends,              So much has changed for Restore the Delta this year.  The twin tunnels are dead, yet we anticipate that a notice of intent will be filed with the Federal Government in December, with a full tunnel plan and environmental impact report to be released in 2021.             Simultaneously, a number of issues related to water quantity and water quality loom before us including new weakened Federal water rules and reductions in species protections, new state voluntary settlement agreements that could reduce Delta flows, proliferation of toxic algal blooms, illegal dumping into our waterways, and E. coli outbreaks, in part, tied to increased homeless encampments along our rivers and sloughs.  Because we envision a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as a [...]

Join us for An Evening with Mark Arax on September 26th in Stockton!

This event is open to the public. RSVP required. Donation at the door welcomed. To RSVP, please email [email protected] or call (209) 475-9550.

TAKE ACTION for Delta Species and Communities! Tell your representatives to Support SB1 (2019)

Dear Restore the Delta Members — As reported in the LA Times this morning, A report shows Trump’s water plan would hurt California salmon. The government hid it .  The Trump Administration hid science findings so that it could put forth new water rules for operating California’s water system in a way that would allow for more Delta pumping. Endangered species protections, in addition to protecting salmon, other fisheries and the wildlife we treasure in the Delta, also protect our water quality from over pumping. This is why we are calling on California Assemblymembers, State Senators, and Governor Newsom to support SB1. Tell them to support endangered species protections, and to NOT support a watered down version of SB1 that would allow for more pumping from the San Francisco Bay-Delta [...]

Restore the Delta Releases New Report “Climate Equity and Seismic Resilience for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary”

For Immediate Release: August 15, 2019Contact:Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta 209-479-2053, [email protected] Stroshane, Policy Analyst, Restore the Delta [email protected] Stockton, CA – With Governor Brown’s Twin Delta Tunnels formally dead, Stockton-based Restore the Delta has released a new forward-looking report: “Climate Equity and Seismic Resilience for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.” The report gives a SF Bay-Delta Estuary perspective to the “Water Resilience Portfolio” process launched by Governor Gavin Newsom this year. The report considers the latest climate and seismic science for the Delta and reveals how Restore the Delta will evaluate state water planning and any new conveyance proposal moving forward.  “After completing a broad survey a current climate change science, we believe that extreme flood events, and extended periods [...]

Delta Water Alert! Algal blooms in Stockton, Discovery Bay, and Big Break

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board sent out the following alert on Twitter Friday evening.  Algal blooms are being observed in the Delta waterways of Stockton, Discovery Bay, and Big Break. These blooms are being monitored for cyanobacteria, of which there has been an increased presence found in water quality tests during the last two weeks at the above mentioned locations.The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and theState Water Resources Control Boardwant to remind boaters and recreational users to be mindful of harmful algal blooms (HABs) when recreating in the Delta, and to report any sightings of cyanobacteria blooms using their online HAB reporting form or by calling the State Water Board’s HAB Hotline at 1-844-729-6466. To be clear,take precaution and don’t make contact with the water [...]

ICYMI 7/12/19 – Trump Dismisses Federal Biologists in CA Water Conflict

Administration Sidelines Federal Biologists Who Could Stand in Way of More Water for Calif. Farmers– KQED“After rushing forward on a plan to send more water to California’s Central Valley, the Trump Administration has unexpectedly hit the brakes and ordered the work already done by federal scientists to be completed by a different team. “Just days before federal biologists were set to release new rules governing the future of endangered salmon and drinking water for two-thirds of Californians, the administration replaced them with an almost entirely new group of lawyers, administrators and biologists to “refine” and “improve” the rules…”Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta responded:“Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt is showing his true colors as a Westlands Water [...]

Delta people: July 24th is your first chance to learn and speak up about a proposed single-tunnel plan!

Delta People,  Here’s your first chance to learn and speak up about a proposed single-tunnel plan.W The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the State Water Project (SWP) Contractors plan to begin a public process to negotiate proposed amendments to the SWP water supply contracts for a new Delta Conveyance facility.  The notice for this meeting can be accessed here. WHO: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the State Water Project (SWP) Contractors WHAT:  The first negotiation session on proposed amendments to the SWP water supply contracts for a new Delta Conveyance facility.  WHEN: July 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 2001 Point W Way, Sacramento, CA 95818Public parking is available onsite for a fee of $10.  Members of the public [...]

ICYMI: Trump’s Pending Rules on California Water Marked by Missing Documents and Hurried Reviews, Say Scientists

Restore the Delta Comment: With or without a tunnel, the Delta will not survive excessive water exports. “The agencies’ final rules, expected this week, will have far-reaching impacts on millions of Californians and the future of the Delta ecosystem. In some years, roughly half of all the water that flows into the Delta — a vast system of sloughs and marshes that extends from south of Sacramento to San Francisco Bay — already is pumped out, reducing water quality and imperiling wildlife.” “Critics worry that if more water is taken, species will go extinct and San Francisco Bay’s water quality will decline. In the past, biological opinions have ended up at the center of lawsuits, which, experts say, may well be [...]

Conservation Coalition Outlines Goals for Gov. Newsom’s “Water Portfolio” Plan

For Release: July 2, 2019 Contact: Jon Rosenfeld, San Francisco Baykeeper, 510-684-4757Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053Kate Poole, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), 415-875-6100 Sacramento – A coalition of 55 conservation, fishing, recreation, water policy, and environmental justice groups from throughout California, representing hundreds of thousands of Californians, sent a letter to state officials today thanking the Governor for his “…leadership in tackling California’s water issues.” The letter expresses support of the Newsom’s Water Portfolio planning process and explains how the groups in the coalition plan to contribute to this new process. Kate Poole, Senior Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said, “The state of California lacked a sensible water strategy for too long. The Newsom Administration’s water [...]