Action Alert

Action alert: Good news and bad news

 Action alert: The bad news — California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is holding a meeting on the installation of temporary emergency drought barriers across three channels in the Delta. We encourage you to attend!  DWR Drought Barrier Meeting Date: February 12, 2015 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Location: Clarksburg Community Church, 52910 Netherlands Ave., Clarksburg, CA 95612  Last month, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) submitted an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeking a programmatic permit to allow the installation of temporary, emergency drought barriers across three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  The temporary rock barriers would be installed only in the event of drought conditions so severe that physical salinity control structures are needed to [...]

Action Alert: Thank Senator Boxer for taking a stand against harmful and secret negotiations involving California’s water issues and drought!

Dear Friends,  Please send a thank you letter, e-mail, tweet, and/or Facebook comment to Senator Barbara Boxer for taking a stand against harmful and secret negotiations involving California Water issues and drought. We need to let our legislators know when they make the right move. Below is our thank you letter to Senator Boxer, feel free to take the letter and modify it for your use.  Thank you for taking a stand against harmful and secret negotiations involving California’s water issues and drought! On behalf of the tens of thousands of Restore the Delta members, I want to express my sincere gratitude to you for taking a lead on strengthening transparency and restoring faith in leadership on California water issues in Congress.  We [...]

Event alert: Delta Community, Business Leaders to Sponsor H2O Hackathon – A Water Challenge 3/27/15 to 3/28/15

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 15, 2015 Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta; Delta Community, Business Leaders to Sponsor H2O Hackathon – A Water Challenge Identifying Sustainable Solutions Stockton, CA – iHUB San Joaquin in partnership with Restore the Delta, the Delta Coalition, Café Coop, the San Joaquin Partnership, the A.G. Spanos Companies and various Delta businesses announced today that they have joined together to sponsor a “H2O Hackathon: A Water Challenge” to identify sustainable solutions for water use. The event will take place March 27th and 28th. “The H2O Hackathon will recruit policy and technology experts on sustainable solutions to key water challenges California faces,” said Kathy Miller, Chair of the San [...]

Action Alert: Help us shore up the Senate!

Dear Friend, HR 5781 by Rep. Valadao passed the House of Representatives today. We need you to call your Senators and Pacific Northwest Senators now. It seems that we are going to have to rally one more time before the holidays. News reports and sources tell us that Senator Feinstein will insert language that will exacerbate over pumping the Delta into a Senate Appropriations bill this week as part of “drought relief” measures. In addition, we do not know if language from HR 5781 that will weaken Endangered Species Act protections and that will also increase pumping from the Delta will be added in to appropriations bill or other must pass legislation. What is at stake: the health of the [...]

Action Alert: Harm to the Delta now being pushed in Senate Appropriations Bill

Dear Friend, UPDATE: HR 5781 by Rep. Valadao passed the House of Representatives today. We need you to call your Senators and Pacific Northwest Senators now. It seems that we are going to have to rally one more time before the holidays. News reports and sources tell us that Senator Feinstein will insert language that will exacerbate over pumping the Delta into a Senate Appropriations bill this week as part of “drought relief” measures. In addition, we do not know if language from HR 5781 that will weaken Endangered Species Act protections and that will also increase pumping from the Delta will be added in to appropriations bill or other must pass legislation. What is at stake: the health of [...]

Call your Senators and Congressional Reps re: new drought bill

Congressman David Valadao has authored H.R. 5781 which was introduced on the House Floor last night  (December 2, 2014).  A first reading of the bill reveals that it does little to "solve water shortages" resulting from the drought, but it does alter how environmental protection statutes are implemented and enforced for the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary.   It also contains language to expedite Federal review of storage projects (within a 30 day window) which could have a negative impact on the availability of flows into the Delta and that could be used according to a recent UC Davis report to provide additional water for Governor Brown's proposed twin Delta tunnels.  It also allows for expedited water transfers which puts the health [...]

Action Alert: Attend Delta Conservancy Public Workshop on Instream Flow in Delta Tributaries tomorrow Dec. 2, 2014

This workshop will provide Delta and California water advocates an opportunity to learn about needed Delta outflows from Delta farming, Delta estuary and mountain rivers perspectives and how to become engaged with upcoming State Water Resources Control Board processes. Click here for more information, for agenda and for flyer. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: DGS Ziggurat Building, Auditorium, 707 3rd St., West Sacramento There is no cost to attend workshop. Register for event online or by e-mailing [email protected] or by calling 916-376-4023. Light refreshments will be provided.

Action Alert on Secret “Drought” Bill: Keep the pressure and opposition going!

We need to keep the pressure and the records of opposition going. Please make phone calls to Senator Boxer’s and Feinstein’s district offices. According to various reports, Senator Feinstein is no longer answering phone calls to her Washington D.C. office. Please call Senator Feinstein’s district offices. Here is what you can say to Feinstein: “I oppose the federal drought bill that is secretly being negotiated in the Senate to over pump the Delta and override environmental protections such as the Endangered Species Act.” Senator Dianne Feinstein District Offices San Francisco office: (415) 393-0707 Los Angeles office: (310) 914-7300 San Diego office: (619) 231-9712 Fresno office: (559) 485-7430 Senator Barbara Boxer: (202) 224-3553 Senator Boxer is not involved with secret negotiations [...]

Update on Federal Legislation

Dear friends, There is tremendous confusion on what is happening with the Federal drought legislation because it is being worked on in the dark, and we have received misinformation when calling Senator Feinstein’s office. The bill is still being negotiated and has not passed the Senate. Please share and go to this new video link; call the listed Senators, and your Congressional representatives. Our difficulty in communicating what is happening with this bill illustrates how our leaders are keeping the people of the Bay-Delta estuary in the dark about decisions being made on water exports.

Do your part to help us in a severe drought. Watch our story and call your Senators and Congressional Representatives.

List of Senators to call: Senator Dianne Feinstein (California): 202) 224-3841 Senator Barbara Boxer (California):(202) 224-3553 Senator Mark Udall (Colorado): (202) 224-5941 Senator Jeff Merkley (Oregon): (202) 224-3753 Senator Maria Cantwell (Washington): (202) 224-3441 Senator Harry Reid (Nevada): (202) 224-3542 Senator Brian Schatz (Hawaii): (202) 224-3934 Using the link below, you can easily find your representative’s email and phone number by typing in your zip code. http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ Here is what you can say: “I oppose the federal drought bill that is secretly being negotiated in the Senate to over pump the Delta and override environment protections such as the Endangered Species Act. I urge the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to hold a public hearing on this legislation.” Note: [...]