ICYMI – CA Water News, Events, and More 5/17/20

Federal Court Enjoins Trump Admin’s Delta Pumping in May – Doug Obegi, NRDC blog 5/12/20
“Today’s ruling gives a brief—but vital—reprieve to salmon and other imperiled native fish in the Bay-Delta, and it’s an encouraging sign that Plaintiffs will eventually succeed in overturning these biological opinions.” RTD statement here.
After Losing Several Key Battles Over Water, Delta Advocates See Hope in the Last Option Remaining: the Law – Bay Nature 5/13/20
“So where are we now? The Voluntary Agreements are a fading dream. Lowered standards for the big water projects, both state and federal, are in force on the books. Everybody’s back in court. Those who want more water for fish and estuarine systems have lost several key battles in a row.”
Chair Esquivel. Time to re-start the Bay-Delta Plan. – On the Public Record 5/7/20
“Chair Esquivel. There will be no Voluntary Agreements for the foreseeable future. Westlands says so at their Board meetings. Met is supporting the Bi-Op, and says VAs are halted. Reclamation and the feds aren’t in a negotiating posture. I’m told there have been no VA meetings this year. The Newsom administration is primarily focused on the pandemic. The mainstream papers are reporting that the VAs aren’t happening.”
Newsom Proposes Huge Cuts to California Environmental Programs in Latest Budget – KQED 5/14/20
“Gov. Gavin Newsom used his daily coronavirus briefing Thursday to outline an austerity budget with deep cuts to cover a massive $54.3 billion deficit. Newsom’s proposal includes major cuts to environmental programs, including a $681 million slash in spending for environmental protection compared to last year, and a $224 million cut to the state’s natural resources department.”

MAY WEBINAR – Restore the Delta

“Taking the Delta Watershed’s Pulse”

Friday, May 22, 2020, 11:00 AM PT

Join us for our next webinar on the basics of water flow in the Delta.

Restore the Delta’s policy analyst, Tim Stroshane will present “Taking the Delta Watershed’s Pulse.” This webinar is not about modeling. Instead, it will identify and demystify sources of data for managing Delta water and other resources, and help you understand why and how data are used by local, state, and federal water agencies.

This seminar will address:

  • How exactly does water flow into and out of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary?
  • How is that flow regulated and by whom?
  • What are the data sources that water activists and water industry professionals rely on to measure the Delta’s pulse?
  • Why are some things measured—and other measurable things not so much?
  • How does political power influence what is tracked?

Space is limited. Register for the webinar here.

We’ve been busy at Restore the Delta and now we need your help.
As our annual fundraising benefit and other contributor benefits have been postponed indefinitely, we are humbly asking our supporters for immediate contributions so that we can continue our Delta advocacy.  Please support our on-line midyear mailer by donating here.
To make an on-line contribution, click here.  

Or you can print out this form and mail a check to Restore the Delta, 925 N. Yosemite St, Stockton, CA 95203.
Thank you for your continued support. 

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