Action Alert

BAY AREA: Stand Up Against the Tunnels at Santa Clara Valley Water District May 2nd

BAY AREA ACTION ALERT: Stand Up Against the Tunnels at Santa Clara Valley Water District May 2nd WHO: Delta advocates, representatives from environmental and public interest groups including Restore the Delta, and Santa Clara Valley Water District board of directors WHAT: Special Board Meeting on California WaterFix WHERE: Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118 WHEN: Wednesday, May 2nd at 5PM With Metropolitan Water District’s big vote to cut a “blank check” for the twin tunnels behind us, the attention now shifts to Santa Clara Valley Water District who have remained tight-lipped about the tunnels project in the months following their October vote to reject the twin tunnels. On Friday, April 27 the Mercury News reported [...]

ACTION ALERT: Help Assemblymember Jim Frazier Abolish the Delta Stewardship Council TOMORROW

ACTION ALERT: Help Assemblymember Jim Frazier Abolish the Delta Stewardship Council TOMORROW WHO: Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, Delta advocates WHAT: A hearing to abolish the Delta Stewardship Council and reassign responsibilities to the Delta Protection Commission. WHEN: Tuesday, April 24 at 9AM WHERE:  The State Capitol, 1315 10th St B-27, Sacramento, CA 95814, Room 444 Assemblymember Jim Frazier recently penned an op-ed published by the Sacramento Bee calling for the abolishment of the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC). Assemblymember Frazier writes, “In 2009, the Delta Stewardship Council was created to achieve the co-equal goals of providing a more reliable water supply and restoring the Delta’s ecosystem to protect its unique cultural, recreational, natural resource and agricultural [...]

Two important ways to fight the tunnels if you can’t attend the MWD Vote!

There are a few things you can do to voice your opposition to MWD’s intention to approve funding for the tunnels: 1. Submit a written comment to the MWD Office of the Board of Directors via email voicing your opposition to the phased tunnels project. Be sure to CC the MWD Executive Office and you MUST request that your comment be read into the record of the April 10, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting at 12pm. • Executive Office, Office of the General Manager: [email protected] • Office of the Board of Directors: [email protected] 2. Call the Office of Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti. Please thank him for publicly taking a stand against the twin tunnels and ask him to take [...]

STAND UP, CA: We need your help to stop the tunnels at the MWD Vote on TUESDAY!

After failing to secure adequate funding for the twin tunnels (CA WaterFix) from Westlands Water District, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and Kern County Water Agency last fall, the leading proponent of the CA WaterFix, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), is preparing their board for a vote on Tuesday to approve funding for the phased-in version of the massive conveyance project. Despite disconcerting findings from a federal audit, a state audit, and a recent PRA request on MWD completed by Restore the Delta, this wounded boondoogle is limping towards approval. That’s why we need YOU to join us at MWD headquarters—next to Union Station—this Tuesday, April 10 at 11AM for a rally and press conference to protest MWD’s [...]

April 2018: Delta Smelt Spawning March

Decades of overpumping the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary and greed-driven water mismanagement has lead California to a critical moment in its environmental history. Only two Delta smelt were identified in the state’s last fish survey–the lowest count in 50 years. Now more than ever, this small but mighty indicator species needs fresh water to flow through the Delta, but the federal and state government have other plans.

2018 Gubernatorial Candidates Documented Stance on the Tunnels

Note: We only included the leading gubernatorial candidates from each party according to what we found on Wiki, Ballotpedia and LA Times. These are not endorsements. We are a non-partisan campaign. We are sharing this with the understanding that people will vote for the candidates that they like. This is for the sole purpose of keeping our supporters informed. Democratic Party Gavin Newsom – ??? Story from Sacramento Bee (1/25/18) Newsom also praised Brown’s openness to scaling back the water conveyance project to a single tunnel, which he said he hoped would lead to a deal. Newsom had previously said Brown asked him to reserve his judgment about the multibillion dollar project. “’This has got to be a top priority [...]

Take a Victory Lap First, Then Call To Oppose Phased Approach to Delta Tunnels!

Dear Friends of the Bay-Delta,   Today we take our victory lap. After 12 years of fighting the Delta tunnels, your persistent advocacy, generosity, and support for Restore the Delta has resulted in defeating one of the most formidable versions of this conveyance project. Our profound gratitude for our members, partners, and donors is immeasurable.   When the Peripheral Canal was struck down by voters in 1982, the public stopped a 22,000 CFS proposal.   When the project was resurrected as the Bay Delta Conservation Project under former Governor Schwarzenegger in the early 2000s, it became a: 15,000 CFS project.   When Jerry Brown returned to the Governor’s office, the BDCP shrank again to a 9,000 CFS project in 2013. [...]

Act Now: Hands Off Our Delta Smelt & Delta Flows!

Act Now: Hands Off Our Delta Smelt & Delta Flows! The Trump Administration’s recent announcement to increase Delta exports to Central Valley farmers poses an imminent threat to the emblematic California fish species under the watch of Governor Brown. With only two Delta smelt identified in the last fish survey, state and federal agencies need to focus time, money, and energy on restoring smelt populations instead of turning up the pumps. If the Delta smelt are gone, it will be that much easier for tunnels proponents to build CA WaterFix—a system that when operated will usher in the extinction of Delta smelt if they are not completely wiped out during the project’s construction. The Delta smelt is our small but [...]

One Major Way to Stop the Tunnels in 2018

Dear Friends of Restore the Delta:   We are very grateful for your support that comes to us in many ways throughout the year — from attending events and key government meetings, to writing comments, to making contributions.  You are the glue that holds our efforts together.   This is why in 2018, we are asking you all to make a concentrated effort to let your local elected officials (at the city, county, state, and federal levels), and candidates running for statewide offices why you oppose the Delta tunnels.  It doesn't matter which candidates you support.  What matters is that they understand that the Delta tunnels are an environmental and economic boondoggle and that there are many better solutions for [...]

Action Alert: Pro-Tunnels Agenda? Why You Should Submit Your Comments Anyway

We are alerting you about the Delta Stewardship’s Delta Plan Amendments PEIR Public Comment Event this Thursday (12/14) because of its essential part in the Delta Tunnels project process. However, we have found with the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) that it is best to put comments in writing to be part of the record for future litigation. Public participation does not have any influence on their pro-conveyance agenda. The DSC does not take public comments from Delta residents seriously enough. For instance, they have failed to make changes to their public meetings after we discussed how they needed to extend outreach for public meetings this year. At the last Stockton scoping meeting about 18 people showed up, after we alerted [...]