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.
Here are two current actions you can take to help save our Bay-Delta estuary. 1) Attend our Mardi Gras Benefit on Fat Tuesday, February 9th, at the Waterloo Gun and Boccee Club in Stockton! Get more information and buy tickets at our website. 2) Sign or share our new petition to Gov't agencies asking them to update outdated 20 year old Bay-Delta water quality standards NOW. The Bay-Delta estuary is on the brink of environmental disaster and may collapse before the Delta Tunnels fight is won. We need about 400 more signatures to reach 2,500! Sign now or share with your community groups, friends, and family.
Dear friends, We have until the end of the year to make sure the Federal Government does not attempt to permit Gov. Brown's tunnels project in early 2016. This week, we will be sharing with you our upcoming public comment campaign to stop the tunnels. We will continue to push this public comment campaign out through October 30th but we need an extra financial boost to ensure that this campaign makes an impact state-wide in 80 days. Public and media outreach cost money. Will you help ensure that we get through this period and stop the tunnels once and for all? If you already donated, THANK YOU for helping us get one step closer to stopping the tunnels! This is what [...]
Dear friends, The last two public hearings on the Delta tunnels have just ended this week. At these faux public hearings, we rallied over 300 people from all over Northern California, despite this "hearing" being scheduled on a work day. We got each person to record a video comment with us and our plan is to share the finished video with President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. Now we will begin on getting as much people as we can to submit public comments on the Delta tunnels project by October 30, 2015. We have until the end of the year to make sure the Federal Government does not attempt to permit Gov. Brown’s plan early ’16. Public and [...]