Action Alert

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.” [...]

Ways to Get Involved: Volunteer, Intern, Attend our Membership Meeting

Save the date for our General Membership Meeting!  WHAT: Restore the Delta General Membership Meeting WHEN: April 30, 2015 6:00-8:00PM WHERE: Ambler's Club, 2000 N. Amblers Ln., Stockton, CA 95203 RSVP required: E-mail [email protected] or call (209) 475-9550 See flyer below or here for more details!      We're seeking interns and volunteers! The Delta is a public trust resource, but now, as the drought continues and worsens, we are dealing with direct attacks daily from special interests who want to continue draining and over pumping the Delta even more for their private gain. Our campaign is also growing rapidly as more Californians start to think about the Delta and water.  Help us sustain our grassroots campaign and expand our [...]

Restore the Delta is seeking interns and volunteers!

Are you interested in volunteering or interning? Do you want to get involved with our campaign to protect the SF Bay Delta? Apply to be a Delta Ambassador (click here) or apply to be a volunteer (click here to fill out application). Restore the Delta is seeking dedicated volunteers and interns (see our Delta Ambassador notice). We can help you achieve class credit if needed or community service hours! A stipend will be awarded to interns. Hours can be divided between working at home and working in our office. Students, retirees, anyone with commitment and dedication are welcomed to apply! We will reimburse for mileage and coffee/regular meals when traveling to help us. Our office hours are between 10:00 AM [...]

WILL YOU HELP DEFEND OUR NO TUNNELS CAMPAIGN? Restore the Delta is under attack by Gov. Brown’s pro-tunnels allies

(Photos below) About two months ago, a new group formed called Californians for Water Security. They are pro-tunnels, but hide that in a “fix our aging water system” wrapper. The group is run out of a Sacramento lobbying and campaign group. They are well funded, hired several PR professionals and recently started attacking Restore the Delta through a shadow site called Restore the Truth. They have posted one blog on a site owned by one of the PR professionals. They have called Restore the Delta an “AstroTurf” group, meaning a fake grassroots group. They say we support the “unsustainable status quo” in the Delta. We are asking that you show you are real and support Restore the Delta and oppose [...]

Action Alert: Calling Everybody who Cares about the Bay-Delta Estuary & the Public Trust

Restore the Delta has issued an urgent action alert calling everybody who cares about the Bay-Delta Estuary and the public trust to show up at the State Water Resources Control Board meeting at the Cal/EPA Building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, on Wednesday, February 18, as close to 8 am as possible to oppose the efforts by corporate agribusiness to override protections for California fisheries and to pump more Delta water for export. We understand that the Westlands Water District is organizing busloads of farmers and farmworkers to attend the State Water Resources Control Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 to demand that the State Water Resources Control Board abandons the few protections left in place to stop over pumping [...]

Action Alert: We Need You To Help Stop Westlands!

Dear RTD Supporters: We understand that the Westlands Water District is organizing busloads of farm workers and farmers to attend the State Water Resources Control Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. They intend to demand that the State Water Resources Control Board abandons the few protections left in place to stop over pumping of the Delta during the drought. What’s at stake? We are on the verge of losing Delta smelt, winter-run Chinook salmon, steelhead, and other Delta and coastal species. In addition, if any more pumping takes place beyond current minimal protection levels in the drought, water quality will deteriorate even more, which is bad news for Delta municipalities and farming communities. It is important that the State [...]