Action Alert

Action Alert: Let’s transform the open house 7/28 in Sacramento!

California friends, Note: ARE YOU PLANNING TO ATTEND? Click here to get all the info you need to know! This is the last of two public hearings on the Delta boondoggle tunnels project. They are making it an open house so that they don’t have to listen to public comments or respond to the outrage of hundreds of thousands of Californians who oppose the destruction the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas. Help us transform the open house. Our goal: a video of how large we really are to share with the Secretary Jewell at the Department of the Interior and with President Obama. We will provide you with insightful questions to ask, help you craft your [...]

Event Alert: Drink Delta wine & support us!

Drink Delta wine & support us!  Every year, Heringer Estates hosts a wineclub event and donates proceeds to a chosen nonprofit. This year, on July 25, "Heringer Estates Paella Party" will donate all of the "By The Glass" wine sales proceeds to Restore the Delta. Admission is $60 per person (this is the non-club member rate after July 6th) and includes wine tasting, dinner with a glass of wine, live music and estate tour. RSVP is required. Restore the Delta supporters, if you are not a wine club member and would like to attend, please type "Restore the Delta" in the Message field when making a reservation (Heringer estates will also donate $15 from each reservation marked 'Restore the Delta'). Click [...]

Action Alert: Oppose H.R. 2898, Bill Will Override Delta & Wildlife Protections

Dear Restore the Delta friends,   We need you to express your opposition to the federal drought bill, H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, by House Rep. David Valadao, a congressman who represents Big Ag in the Central Valley desert.   Please call your senator ASAP – especially Senator Barbara Boxer. If you already called, please continue to call your Senator until this bill dies. Thank you for your dedication.   H.R. 2898 will harm west coast salmon and fisheries, override key environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act, and will ruin Delta water quality for all Bay-Delta users (farmers, drinking water, native fish, and wildlife refuges).   This House bill is fast tracked [...]

We are getting closer to stopping the tunnels…

Dear friends,  Restore the Delta is a rare combination of good outreach and solid policy work. This week, we are featured in several media and have filed a lawsuit against state and federal agencies for drought mismanagement of the Delta. Below is just a few of our most recent work.  NPR All Things Considered: California's War Over Water Has Farmer Fighting Farmer (and we have 2 more segments airing today and tomorrow in the evening)  Our recent lawsuit with partners against state and federal agencies for drought mismanagement (we have gotten coverage from Associated Press and an interview on NPR Capital Public Radio) Outreach and press release on Delta drought barriers and draft federal drought legislation bill  People have asked how to help–for this campaign, it's [...]

Action alert: Bad federal drought legislation is back. [Update June 1st, 2015]

Dear Restore the Delta friends,  For an update on the federal drought legislation, click here. No Delta representatives or fishery experts were invited to the panel hearing scheduled for June 2, 2015. It's back! We've been keeping track on federal drought legislation that will have horrible impacts on the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas. We need to act fast. We do not have bill numbers/titles yet for the House or Senate versions of the two bills, but we do know that the most recent House draft will harm west coast salmon, override key environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act, and will ruin Delta water quality for all Bay-Delta users (farmers, drinking [...]

WATCH: Will it be San Joaquin Valley almonds or the Bay-Delta estuary?

We released a short video on You Tube to make our drought concerns accessible to the public, calling for favoritism to end in the Brown Administration’s handling of drought measures and efforts to move forward with the Delta tunnels. Watch the video below.

Action Alert: We need your public comment at the Water Board’s 5/20 Workshop!

Dear Restore the Delta friends, We need your attendance and public comment at a public workshop held by the State Water Resources Control Board on Wednesday.  The Board wants to use the workshop to receive public input regarding its drought related activities in the Bay Delta watershed.   To date, the Board has been letting its executive director, Tom Howard, issue “temporary urgency change petition” (“TUCP”) decisions allowing state and federal water projects to get out from under established water quality protections for the Delta in order to smooth over the projects’ mismanagement of their water supplies.   While some of the TUCP order’s provisions are intended to protect endangered runs of Chinook salmon upstream, they have reduced and will [...]

Action Alert: Bill Lays Groundwork for Delta Tunnels

Dear friends,  Watch our federal legislation alert. A pro-tunnels drought bill in Washington D.C. will lay the groundwork for water transfers regardless of conditions in the Delta. If this bill is allowed to pass, it will rid all the necessary obstacles to build the tunnels and expedite the project.  However, this drought legislation was made to be folded into other federal legislation, so it's important for you to call Senator Feinstein (202-224-3841) and your congressional representative and tell them you are opposed to over pumping the Delta and/or weakening protections of fisheries, in any Federal legislation under the disguise of drought. Take action today.  An easy tool to find your representative's and Senator's phone number can be done by going to — all you [...]

Program for our #NoTunnels meeting! Are you attending?

Dear friends, It is very important that you make the effort to come see us for our annual anti-tunnels meeting in Stockton.  In the weeks after this meeting, Restore the Delta is going to be limited in how many public appearances we can make due to the reissuing of the BDCP in May and work on related BDCP projects–it's all hands on deck for our staff. We need your involvement and awareness very much during this busy time– please make an RSVP to [email protected] today.  Please make the effort: come see us on 4/30 and get your updates on the harm from Gov. Brown's proposed tunnels!    WHAT: Restore the Delta General Membership Meeting  NEXT WEEK: Thursday, April 30, 2015 [...]

Attend our Anti-Tunnels meeting: Impacts of BDCP Tunnels, Better Water Solutions

Media Advisory for: Thursday, April 30, 2015 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta   Restore the Delta to Hold Anti-Tunnels Meeting: Impacts of BDCP Tunnels, Better Water Solutions   STOCKTON, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s plan to build massive underground Water Export Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, will hold its General Membership Meeting on Thursday, April 30, to “update our members on the harm from Gov. Brown’s proposed tunnels,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla. “The governor is trying to rush through a project that will doom our fisheries, destroy the Delta and ruin our beloved estuary and communities.” [...]