Action Alert


Efforts in Congress to pump more fresh water from the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary are difficult and complicated for everyone to track. But our request to Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer, and our individual Congressional Representatives is simple: Do right by the San-Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary! The House passed the Energy bill S.2012 (which includes Congressman David Valadao’s bad bill language on over pumping the Delta) on a largely party line vote except for Fresno’s Jim Costa voting for it. Congressman Jared Huffman led the opposition to including the Valadao bill in this package on the House Floor, but it could not be stopped. The Energy bill now goes to the Senate, where the hope is that most Senators will not agree to [...]

Action Alert: These Drought Bills Need Your Attention!

Dear friends, We are deeply disappointed that Congressman Garamendi, a resident of the Delta, and longtime ally, would partner with Senator Feinstein to support legislation that is detrimental to water quality, the aquatic food web, and the fisheries that we are fighting so hard to save. Their bills are SB 2533 and HR 5247. It’s time for Delta area supporters to tell Congressman Garamendi and Senator Feinstein that you oppose these bills as written because they are sacrificing Bay-Delta fisheries It’s time to tell them to STOP catering to Westlands Water District and other Big Ag interests that will not be satisfied until they can pump the Bay-Delta estuary dry.  It’s time to tell them remember where they come from [...]

Event Alert: Train the Water Advocate & Open House

Dear friends, Please join us for Restore the Delta’s 3-day open house and advocacy training! Participants have two options. Drop by at your convenience during the open house for an informal visit between the hours of 10:00 am to 7:00 pm from June 22 to June 24, or sign up for more formal classes below. Join us at the open house for supplies (yard signs, bumper stickers, handouts), for in-depth conversation, for music and art displays,and/or a simple visit to see where the work gets done OR join us in formal classes for training sessions on water and/or helping to organize in your community. June 22, 23, 24 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Location: 42 N. Sutter St, Stockton, CA 95202 Sign up for formal classes and a Delta boat tour. [...]

Finding Primo: The Delta Smelt – Our first coloring book!

Happy ‪‎Earth Day‬! Here’s our first page preview of our draft 5 page coloring book “Finding Primo: The Delta Smelt.” We will be giving these out this weekend at Stockton Earth Day, Stockton Ports Delta Awareness Night game, & the Bay Area Rights of Nature Tribunal on April 30th! RSVP for the Tribunal here:

Santa Clara Valley Water District to Add Charge for Delta Tunnels

For Immediate Release: 4/19/2016 Contact:
 Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] UPDATE 4/22: Controversy erupts over Santa Clara Water District’s groundwater charges NOTE 4/20: Corrections made to table below Santa Clara Valley Water District to Add Charge for Delta Tunnels
 Rates to increase without a public vote   San Jose, CA – Attendees at a recent public meeting in Gilroy were surprised to learn that a new fee will be soon be added to their groundwater bills to support the Cal WaterFix, also known as the Delta Tunnels.   Several users of small private residential water systems complained bitterly about the cost of the current groundwater charges on top of the cost of pumping and maintenance of their wells. [...]

Action Alert: Committee Meeting on Delta Bills @ Capitol TOMORROW

Dear Friends, UPDATE 4/19/2016: Language issues cleared. We support both Frazier and Eggman’s bill! The Assembly Committee for Water, Parks and Wildlife will meet at 1:30 tomorrow at room 444 at the Capitol. They will be considering, Assemblymember Eggman’s bill, AB 1713, calling for a public vote for the Delta tunnels. They will also be considering, Assemblymember Frazier’s bill, AB 2583, calling for an update to the Delta Reform Act due to CA WaterFix not meeting the same criteria as was in the BDCP for habitat restoration, transparency, and financing. If you have time, please consider attending and expressing your support in the public comment period. Thank you, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla

HAS SILENT SPRING GROWN INTO A SILENT DELTA? Recognize Earth Day by Attending the Bay Area Rights of Nature Tribunal

MEDIA ADVISORY for April 30, 2016 Contact: Brian P. Smith, Restore the Delta (415) 320-9384, [email protected] Linda Sheehan, Earth Law Center (510) 219-7730, [email protected] Shannon Biggs, Movement Rights (415) 841-2998, [email protected] WHO: Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance, Restore the Delta, Move to Amend   WHAT: Bay Area Rights of Nature Tribunal – San Francisco Bay-Delta   WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 (9:30 AM – 2 PM, with discussion until 3:30 PM)   WHERE: Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F Street, Antioch, CA   “What would the San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem say?” is the question a panel of judges will consider at the Bay Area Rights of Nature Tribunal on April 30th. The San Francisco Bay-Delta lies polluted and suffering [...]

You're invited to the 1st Delta Tribunal!

Dear friends,  We are hosting the first ever Delta Tribunal with our partners in the Bay Area. The event is free and open to the public — we still have many seats left, RSVP today & for more details.  What would the Delta Say? Rights of Nature Tribunal at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center 213 F St. in Antioch, California Saturday, April 30th 9:30am – 3:30pm The Tribunal will address nature’s, community, and human rights violations specific to reduced flows in the Delta. It will particularly address the harm that the Governor’s proposed Delta Tunnels plan would do to those limited flows, as well as to the fish and Delta communities that depend on a healthy Bay-Delta Estuary. Tribunal witnesses and experts [...]

Delta Tunnels: Speak Up at Upcoming Meetings!

Dear friends,  We will be at two upcoming meetings this week regarding the Delta Tunnels. If you can make it, please join us in Contra Costa County and/or Santa Clara Valley to voice your opposition to the tunnels.  Also, don't miss a great article in the LA Times below!  What: CCWD Public Board Meeting When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 6:30 to 9:00 pm. (Come at 6:00 pm if you would like to organize with us prior to the meeting) Where: CCWD, 1331 Concord Ave., Concord The Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) Board of Directors will be reviewing the settlement agreement that they recently signed with the Delta Tunnels plan effort tomorrow evening. The settlement drops CCWD’s protest against the tunnels plan in exchange for a separate [...]

Two Upcoming Events on the Delta: In Case You Missed it!

Here are two upcoming events in the following weeks that both aim to uplift our cause. We hope you to see you at both or one of these events!  Saturday, April 23, 2016: Stockton Ports Game and Delta Awareness Night We will be releasing our first coloring book at the Stockton Ports game vs Inland Empire 66ers. The coloring book: Finding Primo (The Delta Smelt). Take part in a scavenger hunt and stay after the game for post-game fireworks! Tickets are $10 and only 100 are available — you must buy from Restore the Delta to have proceeds benefit our cause.  Location: 457 N Van Buren St, Stockton Time: 7:10 pm Buy your tickets now: Saturday April 30, 2016: What would the [...]