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Join us for a webinar on Voluntary Settlement Agreements on Wednesday April 8 at 11:00 AM!

The Voluntary Settlement Agreements are a strategy by local, state, and federal water agencies and water right holders to delay full implementation of flows that mimic natural conditions to and through the Delta. For background, RTD policy analyst Tim Stroshane will cover basic Central Valley hydrology and water quality, an introduction to the structure and history of Delta water quality planning, and a brief history of how protection of Delta water quality has been delayed. Process, organizing, and public responses will be discussed by Barbara Barrigan-ParrillaTo sign up for this webinar, please click here.

In Case You Missed It: Our Letter to DWR and CA Natural Resources – “Cessation of Delta Conveyance Project Actions During Novel Coronavirus Pandemic”

Today, Restore the Delta and Sierra Club California sent a letter to Karla Nemeth, Director of California Department of Water Resources, and Wade Crowfoot, Secretary of California Natural Resources Agency, to demand—respectfully—that the California Natural Resources Agency and DWR suspend and cease all Delta Conveyance Project (DCP) activity that entails actions by state and federal agencies on the DCP during the duration of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic emergency. There is plenty of other work that may proceed in the absence of such actions from other agencies. But there is no justification for DCP to seek and receive benefit of other agencies’ actions for which public participation is critical, and during the pandemic, scarce and distracted.Read the full letter here.

Action Alert: Ask the Central Valley Flood Protection Board to Delay “Statement of No Objection” Vote for 60 days!

The Central Valley Flood Protection Board’s Mar 27th Meeting, during a pandemic, includes —  Consent item 5D regarding the Delta Tunnel, a “Statement of No Objection”.   Our letter explains that the Central Valley Regional Flood Board should hold off moving forward with a request to the Army Corps of Engineers regarding flood analysis and the Delta tunnel for 60 days to give the public a chance to weigh in during the pandemic. We ask that the Central Valley Flood Protection Board pull this item from the Consent Calendar simply because its approval will send the wrong signal to the California public during the novel coronavirus pandemic that a project like DCP should continue at a time when the public’s attention, including those of environmental justice communities [...]

OPEN LETTER: No Water Shutoffs in California During the COVID-19 Crisis

Dear Public Water Agency Board Members and Management Teams: In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in California, our request to you today is very simple. We are asking you to do two things as a sign of solidarity, support, and care for your ratepayers.  First, whether you represent a retail water agency, a special interest district that sells water supplies to agencies for municipal and industrial use, or an association of water agencies, we ask you to quickly develop and communicate a water service shutoff moratorium in response to the COVID-19 crisis.   Water for handwashing and general household cleaning is essential to stop the spread of the disease and to save lives. With hundreds of thousands of Californians applying for [...]

Restore the Delta Submits Comments on Delta Conveyance

How to send your commentsWe hope everyone has heard, the Delta Conveyance Project Scoping comment period has been extended to April 17, 2020, at 5:00 PM. This gives everyone more time to submit their comments regarding the tunnel project.How to Comment:Email: [email protected] Mail: Department of Water Resources, Attn: Renee Rodriguez, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236 Fillable online form: View formThe NOP and related availability and informational materials can be viewed online or at one of these locations. Comments must be received electronically or postmarked on or before April 17, 2020.Here are the Comments Restore the Delta submitted this week. View the PDF here.Via email: [email protected] March 20, 2020 Delta Conveyance Scoping CommentsAttn: Renee RodriguezCalifornia Department of Water ResourcesP.O. Box 942836Sacramento CA  94236 Subject: Delta Conveyance Scoping Comments Dear Ms. Rodriguez: Restore the Delta [...]

UPDATE: Tunnel NOP Comment Period Extended to 4/17

Late today, Department of Water Resources announced the extension of the Delta Conveyance Project Scoping Period to April 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM. People now have until then to submit their comments regarding the tunnel project. Restore the Delta thanks DWR for extending this deadline during the COVID-19 pandemic. How to Comment: All comments received during the scoping period will be considered in the development of the Draft EIR. DWR is seeking public input on the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIR and input about alternatives that meet the project’s objectives. Comments may be submitted in several ways: Email: [email protected] Mail: Department of Water Resources, Attn: Renee Rodriguez, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236 Fillable online form: View form The NOP and related availability and [...]

Updates On Tunnel NOP Comments Due 3/20

Dear Friends of Restore the Delta,First off, we hope you are safe, healthy, and not overly stressing.  Changing our lives (collectively) on short notice is hard.  Fear of the unknown is stress inducing.  And waiting to see what happens can be stressful also.  Our staff and board extend our best thoughts, well wishes, and empathy to all of you, as we dust ourselves off and rally to continue working on Delta water policies.COVID-19 is a lesson in why good government planning is essential to our physical health, healthy environment, and economic well-being.  Sound planning for our water future has always been our lodestar.With that said, we want to remind people that DWR has NOT postponed, as of this email, the deadline for written scoping comments [...]

ICYMI – 3/11/20 Rain, Retirement, Salmon

RAINEditorial: A week of rain is nice, but does virtually nothing to help L.A.’s water issues – Los Angeles Times 3/11/20Two years ago, L.A. County voters approved Measure W, a tax to capture and clean storm water before it can carry its urban detritus to the sea. It’s a solid beginning, but it will be years before the projects funded by the measure will capture sufficient water to help quench our thirst.We will have to rely more and more on local efforts like these because of changing climate patterns. Warmer winters will mean shrinking Sierra snowpacks, which in turn means that winter precipitation will come more often in the form of rain that can’t be captured, because it will come too fast [...]

Questions for State Water Contractors on the Delta Mega-Tunnel Proposal

For Immediate Release: 3/6/20Contact:Tim Stroshane, [email protected] Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Stockton, CA – Restore the Delta sent letters on Thursday 3/5/20 to four state water contractors with questions about their participation in the Delta Conveyance Project. The questions are simple. 1.     With what water will future Delta tunnel and dams and reservoirs be able to operate? 2.     Will California’s key water agencies, yours among them, conduct thorough, factual, and honest outreach to all communities, especially environmental justice and disadvantaged communities in their service areas regarding the costs of proposed projects and water outcomes? 3.     With lengthy and costly construction logistics, have California’s key water agencies, yours among them, done the necessary “due diligence” studies to make fully informed decisions about a future Delta tunnel, dams, and reservoirs? [...]

ICYMI: Super Tuesday Edition

Today is California’s first-ever, Super Tuesday Primary. We encourage everyone to get out and vote. Find your Polling Place here. While you are waiting in line to vote, here are a few water-related items that may be of interest.  1) Here is a must-watch video. Hear what Stockton youth think of Delta mismanagement, the tunnel, and related Delta water and air pollution challenges. 2) Last night Northern California Tribal Members and community supporters came out in large numbers in Redding to oppose the Delta tunnel. Read the Twitter feed here to learn what they had to say. We have full gratitude for their care for our rivers and the Delta. We live-tweeted the event. Start here. 3) Read the E&E News story on the Westlands [...]