Action Alert

Say No To Back Room Deals that Sell Out Delta Water Quality for the Region!

Dear Friends of Restore the Delta,   The Contra Costa Water District Board of Directors will soon be reviewing the settlement agreement that they recently signed with the Delta Tunnels plan effort. The settlement drops CCWD’s protest against the tunnels plan in exchange for a separate pipeline to deliver drinking water to its customers. We are urging all our area members to attend the meeting.   This may be your only opportunity to register a public comment on how you feel about CCWD's self-interested approach to secure a water supply at the expense of the community it serves.    What: CCWD Public Board Meeting When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 6:30 to 9:00 pm. (Come at 6:00 pm if you would [...]

Delta Tunnels Action & Media Alerts: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Threatens Lawsuits

Dear friends, The Delta Tunnels project is on “thin ice."The plan is in major need of continued financial support from smaller urban agencies such as Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) and Zone 7 Water Agency in Alameda County. In their new petition alert, Californians for Water Security, the Stewart Resnick Big Ag front group, is asking Californians to send emails in support of the Delta Tunnels/CA Water Fix to Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Board. Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) needs to hear from California ratepayers like you that will actually pay the costs. Let’s make sure the tunnels plan does not get this support!  We need you to counter their action. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association recently sent [...]

SAVE THE DATE: California’s Proposed Delta Tunnels Case to be Heard

Contact: Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance Shannon Biggs, Movement Rights (415) 841-2998 [email protected] Linda Sheehan, Earth Law Center (510) 219-7730 [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta (209) 479-2053 [email protected] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21,2016   RSVP/Facebook event: BAY-DELTA TRIBUNAL PUTS STATE & NATIONAL LEGAL SYSTEM ON TRIAL California’s Proposed Delta Tunnels Case to be Heard   Antioch, CA – “What would the San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem say?” is the question a panel of judges will consider when examining a case brought before them in the first-ever Bay Area Rights of Nature Tribunal based on an international rights of nature tribunal held in Paris during the climate talks last December. It’s a question gaining ground as dozens of U.S. and international communities and [...]

DELTA TUNNELS: Water Contractors Attack on State Water Board Officers

Dear friends, In addition to this press release, don’t miss our media alert from Maven’s Notebook and our $10 Tuesday event below! Thank you for your support. For Immediate Release: 3/22/16 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected] DELTA TUNNELS Water Contractor Launches Legal Attack on State Water Board Officers Restore the Delta Response Stockton, CA – On Monday, March 21, 2016 the San Luis Delta-Mendota Water Authority one of the water districts placed on negative credit watch last week due to its bond guarantor, Westlands Water District, engaging in a little Enron accounting, now seeks to disqualify State Water Resources Control Board officers from overseeing the permit process for the Delta Tunnels.   Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director, Restore the Delta, issued the [...]

Delta Tunnels news: Zone 7 Votes to Table a Resolution in Support of Tunnels

Dear friends, If you take a look at our press release below, you will see that citizen action matters (thank you to all the members who came out to speak at Zone 7's meeting last night and sent the emails to Zone 7 board members)!  This is why it is important for you to sign or share our current petition asking Metropolitan Water District (Met) to reconsider their decision to buy the Delta Tunnels. We need to stop the Delta Tunnels on several fronts and Met's purchase of the islands is a path for tunnels construction.  All it takes is two minutes of your time, sign today!  ————————————— For Immediate Release: March 17, 2016 Contact Joan Buchanan, President, Restore the Delta, 925-980-6662 Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director, [...]

Action Alerts: $10 Tuesday, Update on Delta Islands Purchase Petition

Dear friends,  It's our 3rd Tuesday of March. Please remember, even with 40% of the funding for the tunnels likely off the table (due to Westlands Enron scandal), the Delta Tunnels permitting process at the State Water Board is still going on. We will be speaking in front of the Board this summer to make sure they reject permits to build the Tunnels and we have gathered 30+ groups to join us. This Tuesday, please contribute $10. We need to reach $3,000 today to stay on track towards our $5,000 goal by the end of the month. Donate here: If you missed our previous e-mail, we now have a deadline for our petition to Stop the Delta Islands Purchase: on April 20th, [...]

Event Alert: Stop the Tunnels in Livermore, this Wednesday!

Dear Friends of Restore the Delta, The Zone 7 Water Agency is scheduled to vote to support the Delta tunnels project at a public meeting this Wednesday.  The vote centers around continued financial support. They need to hear from people who oppose the Delta Tunnels project! It is important for urban ratepayers and all of California to oppose this project. Zone 7 sells treated water primarily to four retail water agencies – the California Water Service Company, the cities of Livermore and Pleasanton, and the Dublin San Ramon Services District. Not only will the project result in higher water rates for residents being served by these water districts, but as a State Water Project contractor it is likely that they [...]

In case you missed it: News of Interest on Westlands Water District & Met's Purchase

Restore the Delta: news of interest: 3/11/2016 Dear friends, Don’t forget to sign our petition telling Metropolitan Water District of SoCal (Met) to reconsider their Delta islands purchase — we need as many signatures as we can get by April 20th. Met will be holding a special meeting on the Delta islands purchase in April, they have put a down payment on the islands and are in escrow — but they have the ability to walk away from the deal. How can Met afford the islands and then the Delta tunnels for which they are buying the islands for, if there is no longer the 40% financial contribution from Westlands Water District for the tunnels? We need everyone in Northern California to oppose the purchase of the Delta islands, they can’t buy a [...]

Stop the Water/Land Grab Now: Sign the Petition!

Dear friends,  The board of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Met) voted on March 8 to buy 20,000 acres of farm islands in the heart of the Delta. Two of the islands lie in the heart of the proposed tunnels route. Jeff Kightlinger, Metropolitan’s general manager, told the Sacramento Bee the islands will be used as a staging ground for equipment, excavated dirt and other materials. But his Board of Directors is not unified. Board members from Los Angeles, Santa Monica and the San Diego County Water Authority voted no. The decision will be reviewed later this month. Sign the most important petition today regarding California water and the purchase of Delta islands. Tell the Metropolitan Water District of Southern [...]

Action Alert: Delta Tunnels Hearing in SF & next Wednesday in Livermore!

Dear friends,  Join us at two upcoming meetings on the Delta Tunnels (CA WaterFix) in the Bay Area this Friday and in the Tri-Valley next Wednesday. This Friday, 3/11, in San Francisco:   What: Hearing to examine impacts of the proposed tunnels on the San Francisco Bay  Hosted by: State Senator Lois Wolk, State Senator Mark Leno, Supervisor Scott Wiener (San Francisco)  Title of hearing: Pending Delta Decisions and Their Potential Economic and Other Impacts on San Francisco and the Bay Area Date and time: Friday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m.    Location: Milton Marks Auditorium of the Milton Marks Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco    Next Wednesday, 3/16, in Livermore: The Zone 7 Water Agency is scheduled to vote to support the Delta [...]