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: http://restorethedelta.org/tendollartuesday/ If you missed our previous e-mail, we now have a deadline for our petition to Stop the Delta Islands Purchase: on April 20th, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Dear friends, Board members at Santa Clara Valley Water District are contemplating spending $500,000,000 to $1.2 billion on the NOT needed Delta tunnels, but they cannot maintain their own infrastructure for water export deliveries. See this news story by Mercury News published yesterday, "Failure of key water pipeline into Silicon Valley may have exposed wider problems." How can SCVWD think about paying for the Delta Tunnels project when they have such major water infrastructure problems NOW? Email Santa Clara Valley Water District board members, [email protected], and tell them "No tunnels. Invest in upgrading your infrastructure and in best conservation and recycling practices to protect your water supply." Thank you.
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 on March 16, 2016. The vote centers around continued financial support. They need to hear from area residents like you on your opposition to the Delta tunnels. 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 will also use parcel/property taxes to pay for the [...]
Dear friends, 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 ratepayers like you that will actually pay the costs, NOT a tricky Big Ag front group that spend millions promoting the Delta Tunnels. The SCVWD staff has presented the Board an analysis of the Delta Tunnels project based on the assumption that agricultural exporters will contribute 40 percent of the total project cost. But spokesmen from the San Luis Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District have both recently declared the project ‘unviable’ and said that [...]
The Santa Clara Valley Water District, after firing their pro-tunnels CEO, is reconsidering the decision to support the tunnels plan. To get more background issue, read this recent article. We are holding a meet and greet on Thursday, February 11th from 3 to 6 pm in San Jose (see our flyer below). It will be a casual open house type event where you can drop by between the hours of 3 to 6 pm, have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and a snack, and talk with Restore the Delta staff about the real costs of the Delta tunnels project for Santa Clara Valley Water District rate payers. Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016 Location: The Farmer’s Union, [...]
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla of Restore the Delta and Bill Jennings of California Sportfishing Protection Alliance will be at the Stockton City Townhall with Erin Brockovich on 2/1/16 to discuss the relationship between Delta management, the Delta tunnels project and water quality for municipal use. Date and Time: Monday, February 1, 2016 at 6:00 PM Location: Atherton Auditorium, San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, California 95207 Sign or share our latest petition to update Delta water quality standards.