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.
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 [...]
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: [...]
UPDATE 11/19/14: 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 this link; call the listed Senators, and your Congressional representatives. Our difficult 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. Please visit this link to watch the video and call listed Senators! ————————————– Dear Restore the Delta friends, Members of Congress are manipulating the impacts of drought conditions [...]
Dear Restore the Delta supporters, Next weekend, we need your help. We will take part in two events on the same day and weekend — volunteer help is needed and would be greatly appreciated. Both events are important opportunities for us to provide public outreach about the Delta tunnels and to get the community interested/involved in the protection of the SF Bay Delta and its watersheds. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CALAVERAS RIVER RUN We are looking for volunteers to serve a variety of positions, from registration to course monitors. Volunteers will have to work a 2 hour or longer shift depending on the position. Calaveras River Run Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014 Time: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Location: University of [...]
Please join our ally, Food and Water Watch, for a “charming luncheon” outside the home of famous Delta water takers, Steward and Lynda Resnick. The majority of the water taken from the Delta goes to corporate agribusiness on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley–the most powerful being Stewart and Lynda Resnick, who own POM Wonderful, Wonderful Pistachios, Halos, Cuties, and popular brands. Water Barons Stewart & Lynda Resnick hog California’s water to irrigate water-intensive crops grown on toxic soil in the south Central Valley and then export the lion’s share to emerging markets like China. They are the most powerful corporate agribusiness pushing to build the BDCP twin tunnels! Help us inform the pubic about the true beneficiaries [...]
DEBATE ON PROP. 1: KQED-FM “FORUM” PROGRAM – FRIDAY, SEPT. 19, 10:00 – 11:00AM Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, No on Prop. 1, Restore the Delta Vs. Jay Ziegler, Yes on Prop. 1, The Nature Conservancy You can follow the program on social media: @KQEDForum on Twitter, KQED Forum on Facebook and kqed_forum on Instagram. * You can call in to ask a question: 866-733-6786 * You can email a question: [email protected] You can listen live on your digital device: http://www.kqed.org/radio/listen/
Dear Supporters, Please call and/or e-mail your house representatives today or by Monday and tell them oppose H.R. 1927 (More Water and Security for Californians Act) introduced by Jim Costa of Fresno and Madera county. H.R. 1927 will severely weaken scientifically sound protections for California’s salmon fishery and other native fish in the Bay-Delta estuary and threatens the thousands of jobs that depend on healthy populations of these fish. H.R. 1927 aims to take advantage of the California drought crisis in order to remove essential environmental pumping restrictions and deliver more water to special interests in arid and desert regions of California. These pumping restrictions upheld by the courts protect our vital fisheries, farms, and Bay-Delta estuary. State Water Contractors [...]