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 [...]
Dear friends, Congress is considering two bills, H.R. 2898 (Valadao) and S. 2533 (Feinstein), that are supposed to relieve the effects of the drought for all Californians, but that really direct water away from where salmon need it most. Although Senator Feinstein's bill has several provisions that are important steps toward water sustainability in California, both bills would weaken current protections for struggling salmon runs, and encourage construction of new salmon-killing dams. Help us save salmon and the people who depend on them. Join us today by asking our West Coast Senators to focus on water sustainability innovations and salmon protections in any California drought relief bill! Sign the petition.
Dear friends, Please join us in support of our partners, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, at the Run4Salmon, "a 300-mile trek that follows the historical journey of the salmon from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the Winnemem (McCloud River) to raise awareness about the policies threatening our waters, our fish, and indigenous lifeways. It’s a dire time in California for wild chinook salmon (Nur) – climate change, giant dam projects and draining rivers for Big Ag irrigation threaten the survival of the keystone keepers of our waters." Join the movement to save the Delta and protect the people who depend on it! Restore the Delta plans to participate in the Communities and Issues forum tomorrow and the Benefit Concert Wednesday. [...]
Dear friends, This is a great opportunity for Delta residents to ask the major Delta tunnels proponent and Delta islands purchaser, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, tough questions! We encourage you to attend, see meeting details below. Via the Delta Protection Commission: The Delta Protection Commission will hold its next meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2016. 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM (end time is approximate) WorkNet Center, 2nd Floor 56 S. Lincoln Street, Stockton, CA 95203 Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board Chairman Randy Record will speak on the recent MWD purchase of Delta islands, and there will be a presentation on Blue-Green Algae. To download the agenda and other relevant documents, please click here or visit [...]
In case you missed it… Restore the Delta was the only Bay-Delta voice on the 1-hour "KQED Forum." Special thanks to concerned supporters and Californians who called in to ask tough questions! Link to listen: http://ww2.kqed.org/forum/2016/07/26/delta-tunnel-project-under-scrutiny-as-hearings-begin/ KQED Forum: Public hearings began Tuesday on Governor Jerry Brown’s $14.9 billion proposal to construct two 35 -mile tunnels below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Supporters say the project, officially named “California WaterFix,” will stabilize water delivery across the state. But opponents argue the tunnels are too costly and will harm the estuary. We’ll get an update on the controversial project. Guests: Lauren Sommer, science and environment reporter, KQED Public Radio Jay Lund, director, Center for Watershed Sciences at the UC Davis; adjunct fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center John Laird, secretary, California Natural Resources [...]
Dear friends, Tune in at 9 am today to hear us on KQED forum. Two people on the panel will be representing the views and interests of Delta Tunnel proponents. Only Restore the Delta will be representing concerns of all uses in the Bay-Delta region so make sure to get your tough questions in and answered live. To ask questions, call toll free 1-866-733-6786 or email [email protected] Link to listen live and for more information: http://ww2.kqed.org/forum/2016/07/26/delta-tunnel-project-under-scrutiny-as-hearings-begin/ KQED Forum: Public hearings began Tuesday on Governor Jerry Brown’s $14.9 billion proposal to construct two 35 -mile tunnels below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Supporters say the project, officially named “California WaterFix,” will stabilize water delivery across the state. But opponents argue the tunnels are too costly and will harm the estuary. [...]
Our Tumblr intern with his first blog entry on how Pokemon Go is connecting teens to the Delta in Stockton. Follow us on Tumblr for special guest blogging, infographics and more! I never expected to be in the heart of downtown Stockton in the middle of the night. It’s not the kind of thing people usually set out to do, but there were maybe ten lures out, and I had Pokemon to catch (go team Valor!). My brother, our friends, and I headed out to Weber Point to join the hundred or so people out there for the same reason. While catching a Psyduck next to the water, I saw bright lights and heard the tail end of a baseball [...]
Dear friends, UC Davis Extension is holding a class to educate Sacramento citizens on the Delta with an agenda of selling the public on the tunnels. We hope some of you can register for this class and share your knowledge of how this project will destroy the Delta. We will be busy at that time at the State Water Board. We are extremely concerned that we now have an academic unit that is carrying a message for the Delta Tunnels, a proposed project that has not been permitted by the federal government and basically been failed by the EPA. Even more alarming, to be able to attend the class, you have to pay a large $360 fee. We see that [...]