Tell the State Water Board to Reduce Delta Water Exports and Increase Delta Flows!


The 21-year-old Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan is outdated. The State Water Resources Control Board has begun the process to update this plan starting first with the most endangered river in America, the San Joaquin River. This process is called Phase I of SED for the San Joaquin River. Sign our petition to ask the Board to do the right thing.

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Scientific reports published over the past several years have sent a clear message: The San Francisco Bay-Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast, is on the brink of collapse. Millions depend on this estuary for their livelihoods. 

The Bay Institute recently published a study, "San Francisco Bay: The Freshwater – Starved Estuary," which documents how the ecological health of San Francisco Bay and the nearby ocean is at high risk because large-scale water diversion in the Bay’s watershed severely limits the amount of fresh water that reaches the Bay and alters the timing of that flow. They warned, "As our Bay, beaches, wetlands, and fish and wildlife populations deteriorate, the quality of life for many Bay Area residents will also be severely – and perhaps permanently – damaged."

We must make sure that the Board hears from us and is not influenced by the special interests that have dominated our water policy for too long. 

Join us in telling the State Water Board that the Phase I update of the plan must follow these points: 

1) A permanent reduction of exports must happen to protect the Delta. What is the true efficacy of this update to San Joaquin flow standards if water exports from the Delta are not going to be dealt with? The San Joaquin River must reach Chipps Island in order to restore, protect, and preserve the entire estuary. If unsustainable water exports are not dealt with, we worry that water quality and quantity objectives for the Delta will never be met.

2) We do not want to see a weakening of salinity standards in the South Delta. Water quality standards must be protected for drinking water, agriculture, municipal discharge, fisheries, recreation, and ground water recharge, and to reduce the future risk of increased harmful algal blooms that are toxic to humans, dogs, fish, and wildlife in south Delta channels.

3) The State Water Board must consider environmental justice communities in terms of drinking water and domestic use. Phase 1 Recirculated Draft SED fails to consider environmental justice communities in chapters 5 and 9 (hydrology/water quality and groundwater).

4) We believe that water flows on the San Joaquin River must be adequate to restore and protect fisheries—and to protect the public trust value of the Bay-Delta estuary.  A 40% restoration of flows will not accomplish this end.  Science tells us that we need 60% of flows restored on the San Joaquin River for the health of the Bay-Delta.

Will you sign? It only takes a minute to join the collective voice to restore the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary!

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  • signed 2017-02-27 00:49:34 -0800
    Many things depend on a healthy sf bay-delta. If it dies so does everything dependent upon it
  • signed 2017-02-24 14:28:55 -0800
    To preserve the Delta for multitudes of people, wildlife, the water supply, and for the generations to come.

    Please, NO water tunnels-too destructive and expensive.

    Thank you, Susan Dobies
  • signed 2017-02-23 13:45:48 -0800
    For future water supply
  • signed 2017-02-22 16:56:08 -0800
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-21 23:51:12 -0800
    Take Action: The Largest Estuary on the West Coast Needs Your Attention!
  • signed 2017-02-21 23:50:49 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-20 10:40:25 -0800
    I feel as though we need to protect the delta for many reasons. It is the primary source of water for the Bay Area and salmon Without salmon, the commercial fishing industry would go broke. A twenty five percent flow through the Delta is needed to maintain water quality. Also, water quantity and quality go hand in hand. When there is less water in the delta, the quality of that water goes down
  • signed 2017-02-19 20:05:35 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-19 19:35:57 -0800
    The SF Bay-Delta is our greatest asset. We all live, work and play within reach of this great water system. Birds, people, fish, all depend on the Bay-Delta’s continuing health. We need to figure out how to provide water for agriculture and for urban life in California, but diverting too much water from the Bay just destroys what we love and kicks the can down the road. I want to also know: who is paying for it and who will profit? How much ecological destruction is worth it? Please do not continue the Water Project without a clear answer to these questions. Please maintain enough flow in the Delta to meet ecological standards.
  • signed 2017-02-18 11:07:00 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-18 02:24:19 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-17 16:00:33 -0800
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-17 09:26:45 -0800
    Take Action: The Largest Estuary on the West Coast Needs Your Attention!
  • signed 2017-02-17 09:25:47 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-16 12:42:39 -0800
    The health of the SF Bay-Delta depends upon a 60% increase of the fresh water flow through the region.
  • signed 2017-02-16 12:07:16 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-15 15:10:10 -0800
    Robert Andrew Ginno
  • signed 2017-02-15 15:07:04 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-15 10:02:30 -0800
    SF-Bay-Delta is just such a tremendous resource and source of life. In an urban area that is expanding as rapidly as NorCal is, we need to take strides to protect this precious flow of water.

    The commercial and sport fishing industries further downstream are also dependant on a healthy delta. Please keep the fresh water flowing!!
  • signed 2017-02-15 06:28:05 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-14 17:54:18 -0800

    1. - The Bay Delta sustains Endangered Salmon and multiple types of Migrating Birds and Wildlife in addition to Bay Delta Farmers – The Bay Delta is Endangered from too much Northern CA Water already being diverted to benefit Central CA “Farmers” and Southern CA Developers who via the LA Department of Water and Power’s massive Northern CA Water Diversions have been and are shoving Inappropriate Over-Development into Los Angeles and the 29 other Southern CA areas that have Water Contracting Agencies and, THAT needs to stop, NOW!

  • signed 2017-02-14 10:06:16 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-14 07:27:54 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-14 06:11:32 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-14 00:00:24 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-13 21:16:18 -0800
    The reasons are unlimited and the damage this would cause is irreversible .
  • signed 2017-02-13 20:11:37 -0800
    The whole eco system could die. Sending water south has degraded the Delta. Sending more water south would be catastrophic.
  • signed 2017-02-13 18:03:46 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-13 16:20:21 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-13 15:41:08 -0800
    For our grandkids