| By 2012 people in and around the
Delta finally started paying attention to some of the brief media
reports about possible changes to the Delta...long after the decisions
had already been made by the "stakeholders" which are the water agencies
and developers outside of the Delta region who want to divert more
SACRAMENTO RIVER water for resale to the highest bidders, and make the
general public pay for the conveyance of that water. There have
been proposals starting in the 1880's to divert Northern California
water to dry lands of Southern California. That idea is not new.
What is new is the fact "conveyance" projects to divert more SACRAMENTO
RIVER water to other areas have been built or are under construction
while everyone argues about tunnels, canals, conservation and what's
killing the fish. We in the Delta see and hear the
construction projects being built at night or built as "flood
protection" and "restoration studies" when it all adds up to the same
thing-take more water from the Delta which will further degrade this
natural Delta and run it dry of fresh water eventually.
So what can you do to help Save the Delta?
* Send letters or email to your assembly person, congressperson and senators
might help, even though the governor is allowing this to happen without
voter approval. Visit your county supervisor and county planner.
Make it clear you OBJECT to more water diversion from the Delta!
* Write to your local newspapers objecting to the diversion of
more Sacramento River water, and objecting to the HIGHER water rates YOU
NOW PAY FOR, in anticipation of the higher costs due the the conveyance
facilities being built.
* Support efforts to promote generation of NEW local water
resources instead of taking water from someone else. Consider
Metropolitian Water District, which is the big daddy of LA to San Diego
water agencies, and Westlands Water District in Kern area as gigantic
BULLIES that are currently trying to wrestle Delta water away from the
aging farming families. Why not put the $$ into local renewable
water generation resources like desalination and a new technology called
"atmospheric water generation", (pictures)
which pulls moisture out of the air and stores good, clean and fresh
drinking water. Other parts of the world in deserts and on ships
use the system. So why not provide low-interest loans for homes in
the desert areas of California to install these with solar pannels so
that there won't be added electrical costs to the families? Pay
off the loan instead of paying a municipal water bill and from then on,
you are independent of the water BULLIES!
* Contact the TV stations that provide the weather and news and
ask them why the Delta does not show up on the weather maps and why both
the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River are no longer on the weather
maps? If you are from the Sacramento or Bay Area, ask the local
news channels why they no longer show the bay on some maps, where's the
Delta, and even when the Delta is shown, the island names have been
errased. For what reason?
* Pay attention and ask questions when you read news stories or
blogs about water flow and fish salvage in the Delta. Use common
sense. For example, why is the state testing raising chinook
salmon on Yolo Bypass lands which a few years ago were reported to have
very high mercury content in the soils, which logically would get into
the food chain of the endangered chinook salmon?
* If you have the time, go to the public meetings and sign
in and speak up at the public comment time of the meeting. The
more people they hear from who oppose the diversion of more Sacramento
River water from the Delta, the better.
* If you have the time and interest, do your research to
understand all the different options that have been considered in the
last 10 years and over the last 100 years. Learn about water
rights and land rights and define for yourself what is the best interest
of the state in the long term....if you care about maintaining
democratic process in this state. The "DeltaREvision.com" portion
of this web portal provides a good sourge for general and historical
data on water and California history.
* Send us a self addressed, stamped envelope and we'll send you a
"Save the Delta" bumper or window sticker. (mail address pending)
* Buy and wear a "Save the Delta" t-shirt, available at different Delta
area businesses. The shirts are sold at cost, as a way of getting the
word out that there IS a Delta in California, and it will be destroyed
if more fresh Sacramento River water is allowed to be diverted.
Please check back: page
under construction 6/28/2013: We will be adding the needed
addresses and links, and also addresses for places to write to to defend