Media Alerts

ICYMI 12/2/20: Climate-Mortgage Disaster, MWD Action Alert!

How climate change could spark the next home mortgage disaster – Politico (Special Report) 11/30/20Taxpayers are backing more than a trillion dollars in home mortgages, but the agencies buying them are neglecting to consider climate risks.“Heavy rains overran the streets this year, last year — almost every year. And the problem is projected to get worse: Some scientists fear the city could be underwater within the lifetimes of some current residents.“Despite that grim prognosis, the federal government keeps pumping mortgage money into Hialeah, as it does in hundreds of other communities now facing grave dangers from climate change. “…a result of outdated maps that do not consider future flood scenarios arising from climate change — a problem that, policymakers maintain, is replicated [...]

Today is Giving Tuesday. Join us as we continue our work in 2021!

Dear Friends, On this Giving Tuesday, we know that many fine organizations are asking for your contributions. During the Covid pandemic, there is great urgency for helping people with direct contributions to help families survive the current crisis.  We understand and support the work of many local organizations on the frontlines; our staff and board members are personally making contributions to direct aid organizations during the pandemic. Organizationally we support such groups with messaging and practical assistance where we can. We also supported financially and through coordinated communications mask making efforts for the Delta during the first months of the pandemic when masks could not be found anywhere. The efforts of local volunteers, whom we supplied with cloth, elastic, and sewing supplies, resulted [...]

ICYMI 11/22/20: Delta Digging, MWD Voting, Your Delta – Your Voice

What’s that digging in the Delta? Pre-construction underway on Delta Conveyance Project – KCRA-TV Sacramento 11/19/20The first world is comprised of farmers, making a living off the land. The other world is construction activity, with digging now underway in the Sacramento River Delta.The ambitious, multi-billion-dollar tunnel project is moving forward, with plenty of controversy in the Sacramento River Delta.The original twin tunnel plan proposed by former Gov. Jerry Brown has now been slimmed down to one tunnel under Gov. Gavin Newsom. However, the opposition appears to have grown bigger.Work crews have been busy this week along Twin Cities Road near Courtland. They are conducting core sampling, the first step in drafting an Environmental Impact Report for a tunnel plan known as the Delta [...]

URGENT APPEAL: 2021 Update for the San Francisco Bay-Delta

Dear Friends,  The San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary and Restore the Delta are at critical junctures. Pivotal decisions are now being made: flood control to the Delta tunnel, managing and mitigating harmful algal blooms, and whether “voluntary” agreements will mean less freshwater flow for the estuary. At the Federal level, attempts are being made to strip the estuary of additional water quality and environmental protections, making tunnel construction easier.Will Restore the Delta be able to keep fighting to restore an estuary that serves all area residents, protects public health, restores fisheries and wildlife, and ensures a healthy agricultural economy? Or will representation be once again fragment between specific interests within the Delta and California water community as it was 15 years ago before [...]

ICYMI: 11/6/20 Delta Tunnel Planning Costs

VThe Cost of the Delta Tunnel Threatens SoCal’s Water Future – Doug Obegi, NRDC 10/30/20The IRP is intended to be a road map that will guide Met’s investments over the next 25 years, helping the Board of Directors to make choices about how to plan to meet demand for water in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective way…But Met’s tunnel vision—and its failing business model—threaten the investments necessary for that more sustainable future…The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California should not approve spending additional money for designing the Delta tunnel in December, and the Board should wait to make these important funding decisions until after the IRP process is complete. Now is not the time to approve [...]

Lawsuit to Stop DWR’s Blank Check Gambit for a Delta Tunnel Restore the Delta statement

For Immediate Release: 10/27/20Contact: Tim Stroshane, Policy Analyst, Restore the Delta, 510-847-7556, [email protected], CA – Today, a coalition of water and conservation organizations filed a lawsuit at the California Superior Court in Sacramento to challenge the California Department of Water Resources attempt to validate revenue bonds for the proposed Delta Water Tunnel. The lawsuit maintains that the validation being sought by DWR is premature. Conservation groups are seeking injunctive relief that will direct the California Department of Water Resources to rescind its Delta Program Revenue Bond General Bond Resolution.  The coalition filing the lawsuit today includes: Restore the Delta, Sierra Club California, Center for Biological Diversity, and the Planning and Conservation League and Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. DWR Seeking a Blank [...]

ICYMI 10/21/20 – LA Mayor Garcetti Wants Local, Affordable Water

RTD: Thanks to everyone who attended our online Town Hall on Tuesday night. We will have the video posted this weekend for anyone who missed it at Restorethedelta.org. Sierra Club:Mayor Garcetti Tells MWD to Focus on Affordability, Local Water Investment LOS ANGELES, October 20, 2020— Mayor Eric Garcetti has released to Southern California’s largest water wholesaler a list of water priorities for the City of Los Angeles that departs from the path the wholesaler has taken in recent years. The list calls for the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) to focus its policies to “(1) invest in local water supply projects to protect the region from climate change impacts; (2) protect ratepayers, particularly low-income ratepayers; and (3) empower leaders at MWD that embrace the [...]

Join us tomorrow at 5:30 for our Town Hall!

DATE: Tuesday October 20, 2020TIME: 5:30 PMGrab a beer after work and some food, and join us for a Restore the Delta Town Hall on 10/20/20 from 5:30 to 7 pm.We will update our members on Delta processes, Delta news, the tunnel, flood planning, harmful algal blooms, Federal legislation, and other general information items.We will answer questions and talk about what lies ahead for the estuary. Register for the webinar here.  California Department of Water Resources (DWR) launched an environmental justice community survey to gather input to inform Delta Conveyance Project planning. The survey, entitled, “Your Delta, Your Voice”, seeks direct input from communities that may be disproportionately affected by the proposed project. Specifically, DWR is seeking direct feedback from the people who live, work, recreate, raise [...]

ICYMI: 10/20 Town Hall, “Your Delta, Your Voice”, & More

DATE: Tuesday October 20, 2020TIME: 5:30 PMGrab a beer after work and some food, and join us for a Restore the Delta Town Hall on 10/20/20 from 5:30 to 7 pm.We will update our members on Delta processes, Delta news, the tunnel, flood planning, harmful algal blooms, Federal legislation, and other general information items.We will answer questions and talk about what lies ahead for the estuary. Register for the webinar here.  California Department of Water Resources (DWR) launched an environmental justice community survey to gather input to inform Delta Conveyance Project planning. The survey, entitled, “Your Delta, Your Voice”, seeks direct input from communities that may be disproportionately affected by the proposed project. Specifically, DWR is seeking direct feedback from the people who live, work, recreate, raise [...]

ICYMI: Delta Smelt Politics, A Twitter Thread 10/14/20

Most of you don’t follow twitter. That’s a very smart decision. But occasionally, something wonderful and informative pops up.Today, we share this thread from Caleb Scoville Ph.D., Asst. Professor of Sociology at Tufts University. CALEB SCOVILLE @calebscoville6:52 AM · Oct 14, 2020(click for link to the thread with graphics)I was bombarded w/ messages about Trump’s claims about California water & a “certain little tiny fish,” the delta smelt, the topic of my dissertation & current book project. I wrote a short reaction piece but was unable to get it published as an oped. Here it is a thread. 1/25 The Real Meaning of Trump’s “Bizarre” Claims About California Water Politics: Trump’s recent behavior may be erratic, but his statements on [...]