Climate Water Advocates

Restore the Delta has a new team of university students who are working on climate/water issues for the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. Funded by the Irvine Foundation and Mosaic Momentum, these leaders from Stockton who are studying oceanography, environmental and material science, civil engineering, history, and political science have already been to the State Water Resources Control Board to make the case for the State Water Board to implement and continue with their Bay-Delta Plan to restore water flows for the Delta and for further protection for the estuary from harmful algal blooms.

Haley Flanagan (she/her)

Haley Flanagan is a Sacramento native invested in the intersectional issues of gender, animal rights, and the environment. She is working to complete her degree in Environmental Studies at the California State University of Sacramento. Her time as a student, California resident, pet-owner, and photographer has fostered in her a deep interest in the biological sciences and human behavior. Because water and its properties are such a fundamental aspect of natural life, Haley is excited to be a part of Restore the Delta on its mission to create a safer and more accessible Delta for all- human and animal alike.

Sam Little (she/her)

Samantha (Sam) Little was raised in Lodi, California. She is currently attending Cal Poly Humboldt and majoring in Environmental Science with a concentration in Ecological Restoration and Management. Sam plans on having a regenerative organic farm, sustaining her family and her community. She is passionate about conservation, environmental justice, and social equity. Sam believes that it is crucial to respect and support one’s diverse environment to have accessible, clean, and nourishing water.

Katherine Parrilla (she/her)

Katherine Parrilla is an aspiring historian and ethnic studies advocate. She is a Stockton native and a student at Cal Poly Humboldt. Katherine will be working with the Smithsonian Institute to help bring the story of the Filipino community to a national stage. In addition, Katherine is a climate water  intern for Restore the Delta and is passionate about environmental justice and the Bay-Delta region.

Abigail Frye (she/her)

Abigail Frye is a biology major and an environmental advocate. She was born and raised in Tracy California and is currently studying at University of Nevada, Reno. While growing up in central California she would often go fishing with her family, spending a lot of time on the water both on the Delta and the Bay. Having spent so much time around nature in this area she was able to learn a lot more about what was happening around her and this made her want to take action. 

She now plans to spend her life researching and managing natural resources to help ensure we leave the planet in a healthier, safer, and more diverse place than when we found it. She is extremely passionate about the environment and believes that the most important thing that anyone can do for their community is take care of their surroundings because if the environment is healthy, so are the people who live there.  


Bhajleen Kaur Khalsa (she/her)

Bhajleen Kaur Khalsa is a freshman at the University of the Pacific in Stockton California. She is majoring in Political Science with a Pre-law minor. Growing up in the Central Valley Bhajleen learned about the struggles about the water quality affecting the San Joaquin County and neighboring areas. As she immersed herself in the environmental justice path, she realized that there was a void of activism for minority communities in this divide. From this she has taken inspiration, and now is advocating for environmental policies.  

Calvin Collins (he/him)

Calvin Collins is a Discovery Bay native currently studying Sustainability at San Diego State University. With interests in environmental science, conservation, and environmental businesses, Calvin aims to make a positive impact in the field of sustainability. Growing up around the California Delta, he understands the consequences and concerns regarding harmful algal blooms present in these waters and strives to keep people safe and healthy. He continues to use his knowledge and skills to help both the environment and the communities that depend on it. He is eager to make a difference and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Faye Limas (she/her)

Faye Victoria Soria Limas was born in Stockton, CA. Faye is currently attending CSU Stanislaus and is majoring in Geology with a focus in Applied Geology. She grew up in Stockton close to the Calaveras River and has always been concerned about water quality and preservation of what habitats we have left.  

Taylor Huerta (she/her)

Taylor Huerta is a Bay-area born and Stockton raised environmental activist with a passion for preserving California’s natural spaces. She is a first-generation college student, pursuing degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies at California State University, East Bay.  In her free time, she likes to go hiking and bake plant-based goodies for her friends and family. Taylor is excited to be a part of RTD because she understands the importance of the Sf Bay-Delta to the health and biodiversity of California. Working with Restore the Delta also allows her to connect with communities all around Stockton. Taylor believes that participation and cooperation is the key to fighting environmental injustices within our community, and to maintaining a cleaner and safer environment for all to enjoy.