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information and buy tickets at our website. 2) Sign or share our new petition to Gov't agencies asking them to update outdated 20 year old Bay-Delta water quality standards NOW.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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]