A Rare Legislative Opportunity: Join Restore the Delta on February 28th!

Californians will have a rare legislative opportunity to voice opposition to Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project. The California Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee will be holding an important meeting to hear the public’s thoughts on Tuesday, February 28th. 
Restore the Delta’s goal is to fill the seats and the halls with the voices of people and friends of the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. The Delta needs as many people as possible to make a powerful statement with our Californian legislators. This may be one of our last public opportunities at the Capitol to oppose the project.

Informational Hearing:
California WaterFix: Perspectives on the Plan
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

9:30 am ~ State Capitol Room 112
Address: State Capitol, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Please plan to make a one-sentence comment using this format:

Chair Hertzberg and Committee Members, my name is ________________, and I oppose the Delta Tunnels because ____________________________________________________.

We recommend choosing a reason that reflects both your personal and public interest. Costs, environmental protection, agriculture, water quality, public health, fish, wildlife, and drinking water are a few reasons to oppose this plan. For more details on the Delta Tunnels, click here.

An agenda is not yet posted — we will update with the agenda as the date nears.

If you are attending, please RSVP by e-mailing Cynthia@RestoretheDelta.org, or calling Restore the Delta’s office at 209-475-9550. They would like to know how many people are coming for logistical purposes. If you are willing to provide a carpool from your city, please e-mail Stina@RestoretheDelta.org. You can also RSVP by leaving a comment on this Restore the Delta blog post.

source: http://www.restorethedelta.org/2017/02/01/rare-legislative-opportunity-join-us-february-28th/

Last chance to call on drought bill

Our friends at Restore the Delta are drawing our attention to another drought bill authored by Resnick-backed Congressman Valadao under the guise of “drought relief” for California. It is being pushed in Congress and the goal is to pass the bill by the end of the week. It has already passed the House and a Senate vote may take place today, so please call both Senator Boxer and Feinstein right away, if you haven’t already.

There is operational language in the bill that will take away Bay-Delta protections in order to over pump the Delta and the latest reports state that a “last minute poison pill rider” is intended to be included that will kill thousands of fishery jobs and rollback the Endangered Species Act.

The Natural Resources Defense Council says this “backroom deal” may threaten thousands of fishing jobs on the West Coast and harm water quality.

Please call Washington DC offices and your state offices to get the message through! Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer are in an angry split over this bill. It is critical to call both of them.

Senator Barbara Boxer:
Washington D.C.: (202) 224-3553
Bay Area: (510) 286-8537
Los Angeles: (213) 894-5000
Sacramento: (916) 448-2787

Senator Dianne Feinstein:
Washington D.C.: (202) 224-3841
San Francisco: (415) 393-0707
Los Angeles: (310) 914-7300

Thank you for taking action today!

Still Time to Register for Delta Tribunal

The “What would the Delta Say? Rights of Nature Tribunal” is coming up at the end of April, but there is still room for participants. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required–you can rsvp and learn more about the event here.

SmeltMemeWhat would the Delta Say? Rights of Nature Tribunal

at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center
213 F St.
in Antioch, California

Saturday, April 30th
9:30am – 3:30pm

The Tribunal will address nature’s, community, and human rights violations specific to reduced flows in the Delta. It will particularly address the harm that the Governor’s proposed Delta Tunnels plan would do to those limited flows, as well as to the fish and Delta communities that depend on a healthy Bay-Delta Estuary.

Tribunal witnesses and experts will also offer solutions to water flow and supply challenges that protect, not injure, nature’s rights and human rights.

Featuring tribunal judges: Joanna Macy, Gary Mulcahy, Shannon Biggs, and Tim Stroshane

Act Now for Human Right to Water! AB 685

Take Action – Call Now before Friday, August 17

We have until August 17 to get this bill out of Senate Appropriations. They need to know that the community cares. The Senate passed a similar bill in 2009, but the Governor vetoed it. Now we have a Governor who might sign it. We need some leadership to get the bill to his desk!

We are asking supporters across the state to call Senate Appropriations Chair, Christine Kehoe and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. Both are crucial to the decision to move the bill out of Senate Appropriations.
Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg: 916-651-4006
Senate Appropriations Chair, Christine Kehoe: 916-651-4039

Sample Message:

My name is _________ and I live in _______.   I am calling to thank the Senator for her/his previous support of the Human Right to Water and to ask that she/he champion AB685, the Human Right to Water bill, so that it can move off suspense in Senate Appropriations and onto the Senate floor for a vote. Millions of Californians do not have access to safe affordable drinking water. This is a crisis.

Last year, Governor Brown declared, “Clean drinking water is a basic human right…. Protecting the water we drink is an absolutely crucial duty of state government.” AB685 is an important bill.  Please make it a priority to get it to Governor Brown’s desk!  No one in California should be afraid when their child turns on the tap to get a drink. Thanks very much for your help!