Last weekend, Restore the Delta hosted and organized a successful event in Spanish with Univision and Food and Water Watch for the Latino community in East Los Angeles. We gave facts to the audience in Spanish about why the project is a bad idea for the Delta and for Metropolitan Water District (MWD) ratepayers. Like other audiences we have given presentations to about the Tunnels, they understood. Metropolitan Water District was so threatened by Restore the Delta participating in a Spanish water event that their outreach person went so far as to contact individual Metropolitan Water District Board members with mis-statements about our presentation. We have nothing to hide and would welcome the opportunity to debate their staff at [...]
The Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan has the potential to stop the decades-long over pumping of the Delta. This year we have the opportunity to make sure the State gets it right.
Update 1.9.17: Make an extra impact. Join us in sending a petition the State Water Board on the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan, click here to sign. In 2016, thousands of Restore the Delta supporters signed a petition urging the State Water Resources Control Board to update outdated water quality standards for the Bay-Delta region. Hundreds also showed up to speak up at recent hearings in Sacramento and Stockton in December of 2016, watch them here or check out our previous live tweets. The outdated 20-year-old Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan allows more than half the water needed for the delta’s ecological health to be diverted away for unsustainable Big Agriculture on the west and south San Joaquin Valley. [...]
If you missed the live broadcast of our case against the Delta Tunnels permit request, you can watch or listen to our team below via YouTube. Opening statement – Watch here. Tim Stroshane: Tunnels Modeling, Flow Alterations, Water Quality, and A New Water Right – Watch here. Senator Mike Machado (Ret.): Salinity and Economic Impacts – Watch here. Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla: Delta Environmental Justice Communities and Poor Outreach by Tunnels Agencies – Watch here. Esperanza Vielma: Economic Recovery and Links to Water Quality – Watch here. Ixtzel Reynoso: A Human Story That Demonstrates Harm on Environmental Justice Communities – Watch Here
Update 12/16/16: President Obama has signed the bill. Please stay tuned for further action. Dear SF Bay-Delta Advocate, As you know, the Water Resources Development Act passed the Senate late last Friday, just before Holiday Break. The bill is now headed to the White House for President Obama’s signature. Today, Restore the Delta’s executive director, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, sent the following letter to President Obama asking him to veto the bill due to the destructive “midnight rider” that was added to the otherwise worthy bill, which will undermine endangered species protections for California salmon and water quality for the Delta. Please write your own letter to the White House asking for President Obama to Veto this bill. Include [...]
NOTE: To watch/listen to hearings live, click here. We live tweeting the hearing @RestoretheDelta. SWRCB WQCP Stockton 12-16 – Curated tweets by RestoretheDelta Join us at these hearing dates below to make your comments: * Note: The Hearing will go on for as long as people have public comments. It could stretch into the evening, so please plan to drop by throughout the day if you can’t make the morning time. Earlier this year, thousands of Restore the Delta supporters signed a petition urging the State Water Resources Control Board to update outdated water quality standards for the Bay-Delta region. Now we need your action in person! This outdated 20-year-old Water Quality Control Plan allows more than [...]
UPDATE 12/10: We are heartbroken at the passage of the Big Ag rider and the betrayal by Senator Dianne Feinstein. She and the SJ Valley Republican Congressional Members took advantage of what is a good bill for the rest of the United States, by slipping in a scheme to over pump the SF Bay-Delta estuary. We are grateful to all the people and friends of the Bay-Delta estuary who took action. Please stay tuned on our next steps Monday. The fight will go on. UPDATE 3:23 PM, 12/9: Watch Senator Barbra Boxer filibuster at the Senate hearing. She speaks eloquently about protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta and our West Coast ecosystem. A vote may be expected tonight or tomorrow so [...]
Tomorrow starting at 9:15-9:30 am Restore the Delta and our panel will present testimony in front of the State Water Board and undergo cross examination from agencies. Watch/listen to our testimony and hear the cross examination of our panel: 1) Click this link: https://video.calepa.ca.gov/ 2) Where it says “California WaterFix Water Right Petition Hearing” and the date “12/8/2016” — click “Video” or “Audio” to see or listen it livestream. All our testimony and declarations are listed here.
Dear friends, Update 11.16.16: McClatchyDC reports the bill passed the House Natural Resources Committee. Read article. Please continue to call Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Dianne Feinstein at their local offices to make sure this bill dies in the Senate! Call the local offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer and ask them to oppose bill H.R 4366 (Valdadao) to affirm an agreement between the United States and Westlands Water District (dated September 15, 2015) for the "San Luis Unit Drainage Act Resolution." Senator Dianne Feinstein: San Francisco: (415) 393-0707 Senator Barbara Boxer: Oakland: (510) 286-8537 Send a tweet to @SenatorBoxer and @SenFeinstein We need California leaders to stop this destructive legacy where about [...]
Once again, Tim Quinn and ACWA (Assoc. of California Water Agencies) have stepped up their lobbying in advance of the lame duck Congressional session urging Congress to pass controversial drought legislation. This new letter was sent to the entire California Congressional delegation in Congress and blames the state’s water supply predicament almost entirely on protections for Bay-Delta fisheries and wildlife, and actions by federal officials to avoid species extinction. We need you to call your Congressional Representative and tell them to protect Delta fisheries by standing strong against the increased Delta pumping bills by Senator Feinstein and Congressman Valadao. Tell them that you are aware of ACWA (pronounced Aqua) attempting to push through Federal legislation designed to take more [...]