Message from "Environmental Water Caucus" [ewccalifornia.org]:
those of you who oppose the Governor’s plan to build a Peripheral Canal
to guarantee more water for San Joaquin farming billionaires – and kill
the Bay Delta Estuary in the process – this coming Wednesday, July 25,
will give you an opportunity to have your voices heard with a large
rally at the Capitol.
We understand that the Governor and
Federal and State officials will make their announcement, probably in
Sacramento on that same date, to start building the Peripheral Canal. We
also understand that they will announce a new “process” to study how
they can safely export more Delta water with their $15 billion project
and still recover the Delta ecosystems and fisheries. They evidently
will try their best to hide their real intention to go ahead and start
construction of two huge tunnels under the Delta to drain the Sacramento
How we got to this point is really strange: After years
of development of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), the National
Research Council of the National Academies, the Delta Independent
Science Board, and the highly-regarded scientists from The Bay Institute
weighed in on the required Effects Analysis document for the project.
Their verdict: the plan would hasten extinction of species rather than
restore species; the document failed to meet the minimum standards for
credible science; it ignored negative impacts, and it “cherry picked”
data. Faced with this overwhelming criticism of their “cooked” science,
the BDCP project went back to the drawing boards and came forth with the
desperate scheme to build it now and figure out how to operate it
We have decided that it is critical to have a true
grassroots citizens rally at the State Capitol on that day to both
oppose this plan and at the same time to expose the public to the better
alternatives that we advocate, which will truly protect the Delta and
So we are asking that you do the following:
Show up personally in Sacramento mid day on July 25 to join the rally.
We will have a gathering point and provide information on the day’s
events. Here’s your opportunity for some real grassroots advocacy.
Share this email as soon as possible with all like-minded friends and
associates who truly care about our ecosystems and fisheries and who
will personally demonstrate those interests at the rally.
us know by email if you will participate; we will send those who respond
more detailed instruction as to timing and event coordination.
cannot emphasize how important it is to stop this enormous mistake that
the Governor is planning. The Peripheral Tunnel is unnecessary and will
increase urban water rates while San Joaquin corporate farms receive
most of the water through the new tunnels. As presently planned, BDCP is
not a path to restoration – it‘s a death sentence for one of the
world’s great estuaries.
Please plan to join us, and respond to
this email to either Bill Jennings of CSPA/Restore the Delta
(deltakeep@me. com) or Nick Di Croce of the Environmental Water Caucus
(troutnk@aol. com). A copy of Restore the Delta's Press Release is
We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to your being a part of this important grassroots advocacy event.
Nick Di Croce, Co-Facilitator
Environmental Water Caucus