Save the SF Bay-Delta! Stop the Tunnels!

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.

What tunnels?

The State of California wants 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 plan is 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

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!

The Delta Vigilant Donation

A Grand Donation

The Delta Adventurer

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:


About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Data Center Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit and Transplan
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One Response to Save the SF Bay-Delta! Stop the Tunnels!

  1. Leonard Lloyd says:

    Thank you Kevin for posting this. I can only hope that the money is not there.

    Sent from my iPad


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