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The State is proposing to build two massive tunnels that will send Bay-Delta estuary water to BIG CORPORATE AG & FRACKERS. Help us stop this WATER GRAB!
Javier Padilla Reyes
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Stockton, California
United States
2 Team Members

Help us provide education and outreach so that we can keep this vital freshwater source healthy for generations to come.

The California Delta is a primary freshwater source for California. Millions of humans, fish, wildlife, plants, and local economies could not flourish without it. Unfortunatley, according to a survey in 2012, 78% of Californians said they did not know what the Bay Delta was. In Southern California, 86% said they never even heard of the Delta.

But this is where the majority of water battles haven taken place for years. 

The SF-Bay Delta is under threat: Two large tunnels will divert water to benefit corporate agribusiness and the fracking industry, while destroying the largest and most magnificent estuary on the West Coast of the Americas and our vibrant economy. 

That is why we need to provide outreach and education to our Bay Area public now. The people need to know and voice their opposition against these massive tunnels. Living in a state where drought is experienced 1/3 of the time AND where climate change impacts are becoming more apparent, we cannot take our Delta water for granted. 

What tunnels?

The State of California is planning to build 2 giant tunnels, each 40 feet in diameter, 150 feet underneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The tunnels would run about 30 miles, from just south of Sacramento to just north of Tracy. This is deceptively called  the "Bay Delta Conservation Plan" (BDCP).

What for?

The tunnels could carry up to 2/3 of the flow of the Sacramento River.  This is the main supply of fresh water in the Delta which flows into the SF Bay.  Right now, only about 30% of water exported from the Delta goes to cities in the Bay Area, the South Coast, and Southern California.  Corporate agribusinesses on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, down to Bakersfield, get about 70% of the water, yet only contribute .3% to the state's economy.

What’s wrong with this plan?

Diverting all this fresh water will result in saltier, polluted water in the Delta and the Bay Area. This will affect farmers as well as commercial and recreational fishermen.  It will also affect cities in the Delta region by impacting their municipal water and discharge systems, and the environment of the whole Bay-Delta Estuary.

If you live in an area that relies on export water, your water rates will go up. As of now, the estimated cost is over $60 BILLION making it one of the largest and most expensive public work projects in U.S. history with no guarantee that it will provide more reliable water supply for Californians. If you are a California taxpayer, you will help pay for this project through water bonds.  

The sentiment against the peripheral tunnels when Californians voted against the canals 30 years ago echoes to this day. However, the battle against corporate takeover of a public trust resource is far from over. They have effectively circumvented the democratic process to keep us in the dark. To make matters worse, there is no vote on this issue. The state is allowing 120 days (as of Dec. 9, 2013) of public review of the Environmental Impact Report (40,000 pages long) for the tunnels project. 

What We Need & What You Get

(Watch above video of one of our projects in outreach and education with students from San Francisco and Stockton)

We are asking a minimum of $5000 for outreach in the Bay Area to educate and inform Californians why we must take action. Your contributions will go to:

  • Free screenings of our critically-acclaimed documentary, "Over Troubled Waters."
  • Presentations in different cities in California.
  • Statewide rallies.
  • Debates, events, and more!
  • Materials and information which are distributed free of cost.

Our perks include bumper stickers, window signs, yard signs, and more!

About Us

We've Stopped the Canals, Now We Will Stop the Tunnels.

Restore the Delta is a nonprofit organization that is in the final stages of being approved as a 501(c)(3) entity. YOUR DONATION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE (we will send you the number after the campaign is over). We believe that Delta stakeholders deserve an equal say in decisions regarding the management of water exports, the protection of species and habitat, and the revitalization and sustainability of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta environment and economy for future generations. We are the leading organization fighting against the tunnels and are part of a large coalition fighting the BDCP. We have created a critically-acclaimed documentary and have received the Full Circle Fund grant in partnership with National Geographic to host a Photo Camp, a 4-day workshop for students in San Francisco and Stockton to document their connection to the Bay and Delta.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't contribute, you can still help! We need as many people as possible to be informed and actively challenging the Tunnels Project. You may:

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  • $10USD
    The Bumper

    Any amount counts! We will send you two "Save the SF-Bay Delta Stop the Tunnels" bumper stickers.

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  • $20USD
    A Good Sign

    For your donation, we will ship you: - 19"x 13" "Save the SF-Bay Delta Stop the Tunnels" window sign - Two bumper stickers.

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  • $40USD
    A Better Sign

    With this perk, you will receive: - 34"x 22" yard sign with 4 beefy steaks (will last you forever) for your business/front lawn - Two window signs, - Two bumper stickers.

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  • $50USD
    The Delta Vigilant Donation

    We appreciate your donation, you will receive: - A copy of our critically acclaimed documentary "Over Troubled Waters" - A yard sign - A window sign - Two bumper stickers

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    A Grand Donation

    For your amazing contribution, we will send you all of the above perks plus A voucher for TWO for a delicious Breakfast Brunch Buffet at the historic Grand Island Mansion located on the Delta!

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  • $1,200USD
    The Delta Adventurer

    Want to see the beauty of the Delta for yourself and bring your friends too? For your wonderful donation, we will book you a private two-hour cruise with Captain Morgan's Delta Adventures so you can relax and enjoy this amazing estuary!

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