Action Alert

Updated Action Alert: Delta Tunnel Hearing and Science for Communities Workshop

The California Department of Water Resources public hearings on the draft environmental impact report (EIR) on the proposed Delta Conveyance Project have begun. Read Barbara’s latest blog on the subject for a summary of where we are right now in the process. We need everyone to get involved.  NOTE: The new end date for the comment period is Friday, December 16, 2022. Below you will find instructions from DWR on how to make a three minute virtual public comment at one of the meetings. Remember 250 to 300 words is the maximum number of words for a 3-minute comment.  Upcoming Delta Conveyance Project Draft EIR Hearings Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Zoom Link:Click to Joinhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84861494062?pwd=jnx2K-i2_XhG47Dtw8DkncMBc-b-jD.1English Call-in Information:1-833-548-0282 (Toll Free)Webinar ID: 848 [...]

Action Alert 9/18/22: Delta Tunnel Hearings and Science for Communities

The California Department of Water Resources public hearings on the draft environmental impact report (EIR) on the proposed Delta Conveyance Project have begun. Read Barbara’s latest blog on the subject for a summary of where we are right now in the process. We need everyone to get involved.  Below you will find instructions from DWR on how to make a three minute virtual public comment at one of the meetings. Remember 250 to 300 words is the maximum number of words for a 3-minute comment.  Upcoming Delta Conveyance Project Draft EIR Hearings Thursday, September 22, 2022, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.Zoom Link:Click to Joinhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/88236180216?pwd=99fG75btij8-A1UBxwilsfsS57UXBC.1English Call-in Information:1-888-788-0099 (Toll Free)Webinar ID: 882 3618 0216Passcode: 345979Spanish Call-in Information: 602-580-9659 | Access Code: 8833787Chinese Call-in Information: 605-313-5814 [...]

Sunday Roundup: Delta Tunnel Action Alert + Future Delta Leaders Symposium

The proposed Tunnel is a 1995 answer to new challenges California faces in 2022.At the end of July, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) dropped the environmental impact report (EIR) on the proposed Delta Conveyance Project. While the Newsom Administration is wasting time and failing to solve serious problems in the present, RTD is busy tackling the massive EIR document for the latest version of the tunnel. We are focusing on operations, climate change, water quality, agricultural impacts, some fishery impacts, flood control, environmental justice, air pollution, and anything that degrades Delta communities. How You Can Help:There will be several official EIR public meetings sponsored by DWR and the DCA during September.Below you will find instructions from DWR on how to make a three-minute virtual [...]

ACTION ALERT: Delta Tunnel DEIR Process Begins

The proposed Tunnel is a 1995 answer to the challenges California faces in 2022.At the end of July, Department of Water Resources (DWR) dropped the environmental impact report (EIR) on the proposed Delta Conveyance Project. While the Newsom Administration is wasting time and failing to solve serious problems in the present. We at RTD are tackling the massive EIR document for the latest version of the tunnel.  We are focusing on operations, climate change, water quality, agricultural impacts, some fishery impacts, flood control, environmental justice, air pollution and anything that degrades Delta communities. How You Can Help: There will be several official EIR public meetings sponsored by DWR and the DCA during September. Below you will find instructions from DWR on how [...]

Action Alert 7/25/22:  Write Governor Newsom About the Tunnel and CA Water Planning!

Restore the Delta received word over the weekend that the Department of Water Resources will be releasing their Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) early this week for the Delta Conveyance Project. Documents for federal review of the project will be released later this fall. Now we need your help. It’s time to write Governor Newsom and ask him: How can we move forward with a tunnel without updates to flow and water quality standards for the Delta? We have provided a sample letter for our members to send below and we are asking for people to submit their thoughts through the Governor’s online platform and via snail mail. Sample letter: Dear Governor Newsom:I am writing to request that you suspend moving [...]

Action Alert 4/21/22: Tell State Legislators DWR Tunnel Propaganda is Unacceptable

On April 20th, 2022, the Department of Water Resources sent out a non-factual statement about how the Delta Conveyance Project is the answer to managing our water system for climate change. While salmon die off, Delta smelt go extinct, water quality deteriorates in the Delta, and flood threat to disadvantaged communities increase, DWR sends out a ridiculous statement about how a Delta Tunnel will solve California’s water supply problems.  This is false because we know that DWR’s climate change modeling is flawed. We know the Delta Conveyance project will further harm Delta water quality problems and fail to help Delta communities prepare for the flood threat because DWR is supporting a voluntary agreement process that will reduce flows through the Delta to [...]

ACTION ALERT UPDATE:  Don’t Collapse the State Water Board!

UPDATE: This is a big deal with new information. We hope everyone speaks up this week.Thanks to everyone who has already taken action. State Senators Melissa Hurtado and Dave Cortese are not exactly friends of the Delta. Their audacious new bill SB1219 is a complete assault on the Delta and all the work that Restore the Delta has championed over the years. This bill would give the State Water Resources Control Board’s authority to the Department of Water Resources — the Department that fails time and time again to listen to communities, to answer questions truthfully, that fails to take positive action for improvements to the Delta or management of the State’s watershed, and that thinks environmental justice is completing a survey (while ignoring [...]

ACTION ALERT 2/24/2022: Don’t Collapse the State Water Board

State Senators Melissa Hurtado and Dave Cortese are not exactly friends of the Delta. Their audacious new bill SB1219 is a complete assault on the Delta and all the work that Restore the Delta has championed over the years.  This bill would give the State Water Resources Control Board’s authority to the Department of Water Resources — the Department that fails time and time again to listen to communities, to answer questions truthfully, that fails to take positive action for improvements to the Delta or management of the State’s watershed, and that thinks environmental justice is completing a survey (while ignoring the results in project implementation and mitigation). If this legislation were to pass, DWR could exercise many new powers including: 1) Issuing themselves [...]

Action Alert: January 5, 2022 Water Board Workshop on “Temporary Urgent Change Petition” for the Delta

It’s 2022, and we have to get to work starting January 5, 2022 to save the Delta.There will be a State Water Resources Control Board Workshop on a plan by the Department of Water Resources and the US Bureau of Reclamation to gut water quality standards for the Delta starting in February and to leave a “temporary” barrier in place – that was to be removed at the end of November – that can interrupt fish migration.  Never mind that Delta smelt cannot be found naturally in the wild from sampling, or that iconic salmon runs are at risk. Also, fresh water flows are needed to flush and nurture the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas – an estuary that has already [...]

TODAY: An Opportunity to Comment on Redistricting in the Delta!

While redistricting in California is supposed to be led by impartial citizen committees, we hear stories daily about which consultant group from which political leaning is sticking his/her thumb into the redistricting process. It isn’t our issue, so we smile politely, nod, and get back to work.Except when weird things are happening for water representation.There is a movement to split San Joaquin County into three different Assembly Districts: 1) East County – where some groups don’t want to share flows with the Delta; 2) South County which in some places takes water from the Delta pumps, and will now be lumped in with water districts that favor the tunnel and voluntary agreements; 3) and the Stockton corridor, the urban Delta.  All [...]