With the Notice of Preparation for the Delta tunnel, a list of scoping meetings has been announced for public participation component as required by law for proposed new projects. We see these meetings as a mixed bag. It is essential for our members to share their concerns about the project and to get them into the legal record. So attendance and being prepared to make comments is essential. DWR has clarified that the meetings will NOT be open house style. Yes, your comments will be taken in by a court reporter, but there will be a short presentation and comments can be made to the entire community. We received incorrect information on open house meetings from a different government source. It was clarified for us yesterday at the [...]
It is clear from recent media stories that Westlands Water District is aggressively pushing the Newsom Administration to not litigate against the Bernhardt/Trump Water Plan that will significantly increase pumping from the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Westlands is now threatening to walk away from the “voluntary agreements” to set flow standards for the Delta.The problem is the voluntary agreements, from what we understand, will be worse than the Bay-Delta plan approved at the end of 2018. Little water is being allocated for Delta flows during the summer and fall months when Delta waterways are in peril from proliferating Harmful Algal Blooms. Not surprisingly, Senator Dianne Feinstein, as is customary, is working to help Westlands by putting her own pressure on Governor Newsom. It is sort of amazing to see Senator [...]
CALL Governor Newsom today and all through the holiday break! It is clear from recent media stories that Westlands Water District is aggressively pushing the Newsom Administration to not litigate against the Bernhardt/Trump Water Plan that will significantly increase pumping from the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Westlands is threatening to walk away from the “voluntary agreements” to set flow standards for the Delta.The problem is the voluntary agreements, from what we understand, will be worse than the Bay-Delta plan approved at the end of 2018. Little water is being allocated for Delta flows during the summer and fall months when Delta waterways are in peril from proliferating Harmful Algal Blooms. Not surprisingly, Senator Dianne Feinstein, as is customary, is working to help Westlands by putting her own pressure on [...]
SACRAMENTO HEARINGThursday 12/12/19 on Draft Environmental Impact Report for Long-Term Operation of the SWPThe California Department of Water Resources will hold one public hearing to request comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for long-term operation of the California State Water Project onDecember 12, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.LOCATIONZiggurat Building AuditoriumDepartment of General Services707 Third StreetWest Sacramento, California 95605 As we have written in past blogs, we fear this EIR allows for weakened fishery protections and more exports from the Delta.Comment Letter on Operations of Central Valley ProjectHere is a comment letter written by our coalition partners (we signed on) regarding the operation of the Central Valley Project. Read it to see our collective thinking on that process.
Friends,It is wrong for the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board to allow 25 years of poisonous selenium discharge into the Delta. Here’s how you can help.Join us at December 5, 2019 at 10 am (note the new time) at the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board to take action! If you cannot attend, you can send a note to @[email protected] In your note, or prepared comments to make at the Central Valley Water Board, you should explain why you object to selenium laden drainage water being discharged in Delta waterways for people, fisheries, and/or wildlife. You should explain why the San Luis Delta-Mendota Water Authority (which includes Westlands and the Grasslands Water District) should not be allowed to continue to irrigate on polluted lands with taxpayer [...]
Action Alert: NO POISONED LANDS POLLUTION PERMIT. NO WESTLANDS CONTRACT. Stop selenium discharge into the Delta!
Friends,It is time to protect our drinking water, to retire California’s poisoned lands and to put the water back in our rivers. Join our organizing partner Save California Salmon and Restore the Delta on December 5, 2019 at 9 am at the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board to take action!If you live in the Bay, the Delta, or along the San Joaquin River you might be exposed to selenium and other toxins from California’s poisoned, drainage impaired lands through consuming fish. Selenium can accumulate over time in water supplies. A permit is at stake to allow for this contaminated discharge to continue. Click here to read a Restore the Delta and Stockton area coalition letter on the problems with selenium discharge for our local communities. Attend [...]
Dear Restore the Delta Members, Governor Newsom has released a statement saying he will veto SB1. We need you to call him today, and repeatedly, until further notice. It is time to let him know that you expect him to do the right thing for the Delta, and California’s water future.As LA Times columnist George Skelton summarizes in today’s column:“…Newsom exercised his gubernatorial power by announcing he’ll veto Atkins’ bill — siding with the Trump administration, San Joaquin Valley farming interests and the influential Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), long an ally of valley agriculture, also adamantly opposed the bill.” If Governor Newsom continues to echo the talking points of water contractors and vetoes SB1, he will allow Delta fisheries [...]
SB1 Call Today – Keep at it through Friday! Restore the Delta has confirmed that the problematic language interfering with Delta levee repairs has been removed from SB1. A new version of the bill can be found here.Language in the bill around the biological opinions has been made even clearer for new science to be considered for managing species. That allows flexibility based on facts that is fair to competing water interests throughout the State. Sadly, even though Metropolitan Water District complained that there was not enough flexibility in the bill (so this was fixed), they now seem to be complaining about the Central Valley Project/California ESA protections that are essential to the bill.The important language in the bill around CVP/CESA protections is fully [...]
Dear Restore the Delta Members — Westlands Water District, Metropolitan Water District, and the State Water Contractors are working to stop SB1 in favor of new Federal water rules for operating California’s water system in a way that would gut endangered species protections and allow for more Delta pumping.Endangered species protections, in addition to protecting salmon, other fisheries, and the wildlife we treasure in the Delta, also protect our water quality from over pumping. This is why we are calling on Assemblymembers, State Senators, and Governor Newsom to support SB1. Tell them to support endangered species protections, and to NOT support a watered down version of SB1 that would allow for more pumping from the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. Federal water contractors are pushing a weakened version of the bill [...]
August 22, 2019 Dear Friends, So much has changed for Restore the Delta this year. The twin tunnels are dead, yet we anticipate that a notice of intent will be filed with the Federal Government in December, with a full tunnel plan and environmental impact report to be released in 2021. Simultaneously, a number of issues related to water quantity and water quality loom before us including new weakened Federal water rules and reductions in species protections, new state voluntary settlement agreements that could reduce Delta flows, proliferation of toxic algal blooms, illegal dumping into our waterways, and E. coli outbreaks, in part, tied to increased homeless encampments along our rivers and sloughs. Because we envision a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as a [...]