Action Alert

URGENT: Call Governor Newsom NOW!

Dear Restore the Delta Members, Governor Newsom has released a statement saying he will veto SB1. We need you to call him today, and repeatedly, until further notice. It is time to let him know that you expect him to do the right thing for the Delta, and California’s water future.As LA Times columnist George Skelton summarizes in today’s column:“…Newsom exercised his gubernatorial power by announcing he’ll veto Atkins’ bill — siding with the Trump administration, San Joaquin Valley farming interests and the influential Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), long an ally of valley agriculture, also adamantly opposed the bill.”  If Governor Newsom continues to echo the talking points of water contractors and vetoes SB1, he will allow Delta fisheries [...]

Action Alert for SB1! Call now!

SB1 Call Today – Keep at it through Friday!  Restore the Delta has confirmed that the problematic language interfering with Delta levee repairs has been removed from SB1. A new version of the bill can be found here.Language in the bill around the biological opinions has been made even clearer for new science to be considered for managing species.  That allows flexibility based on facts that is fair to competing water interests throughout the State.  Sadly, even though Metropolitan Water District complained that there was not enough flexibility in the bill (so this was fixed), they now seem to be complaining about the Central Valley Project/California ESA protections that are essential to the bill.The important language in the bill around CVP/CESA protections is fully [...]

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

Dear Restore the Delta Members — Westlands Water District, Metropolitan Water District, and the State Water Contractors are working to stop SB1 in favor of new Federal water rules for operating California’s water system in a way that would gut endangered species protections and 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 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 estuary. Federal water contractors are pushing a weakened version of the bill [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Summertime Action Alert: We Need Your Help!

Well the heat is on and everyone seems ready for a wet and wonderful summer. We hope you enjoy all the recreational activities the Delta has to offer! So you don’t lose your edge during the dog days, we have a few simple summer vacation homework assignments for you. Photos! If you are out in the Delta this summer, boating, fishing, or just enjoying the view, be on the lookout for algal blooms in the water. Restore the Delta needs your photos of Delta algal blooms. We are collecting photos for a project that will help bring attention to this issue and generate action to fix the problem. Please send your photos along with a date and location to [email protected]  [...]

ACTION ALERT: Tell Sacramento You Support Oversight Of Delta Tunnel Spending!

We need supporters of transparency for California WaterFix (SB204) to attend the hearing of the Senate and Natural Resources and Water Committee on March 12th at 9:30 AM at the Capitol in room 112.  Arrive early to fill out a blue speakers card.  Keep your comments focused on the need for contractual and financial oversight of WaterFix. (This is not a hearing about whether we oppose or support tunnels; it is about the need for oversight.) And be prepared to have comment time reduced to one minute.  Nevertheless, it is very important to have a physical presence at the hearing.   MWD will have all the usual suspects from water districts with their lobbyists present to fight the bill. WHO: Restore the Delta, Concerned Bay/Delta ResidentsWHAT: Senate Natural Resources [...]

ACTION ALERT: Keep Telling Senator Feinstein NO Bad Water Bargain!

Dear Friends, In a brazen final act, Governor Brown has cut a deal with the Trump Administration to save his Delta Tunnels. Brown endorsed a 7-year extension of the controversial Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act). These provisions were proposed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in a deal designed to increase water deliveries to agribusiness. By endorsing the WIIN Act, Brown appears to hope the Trump Administration will provide funding, and federal sign off on permits, to his costly tunnels project. With just a week left of the federal legislative calendar, Delta lovers are calling Senator Dianne Feinstein and asking her to withdraw her support the WIIN Act rider to a spending [...]