Wonky Wednesday: Delta at a Crossroads

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“Over Troubled Waters” explores the complex issues in the fight to protect and restore the Bay Delta.

A few weeks ago we shared our concerns about the proposed Peripheral Canal in this blog, and letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.  We also asked you to join us in urging Governor Brown to ensure that any Bay Delta Conservation Plan take into consideration the needs of both people and wildlife.  Over 1,100 of you answered the call, and shared your thoughts with the Governor.

As follow up, we wanted to share a new documentary from our friends at Restore the Delta, narrated by Ed Begley, Jr. about the complex issues ahead in the fight to preserve and restore the Bay Delta. Representatives George Miller and John Garamendi, State Senator Lois Wolk, and others will be speaking at a special screening this evening in Sacramento.

But you don’t have to drive up I-80 to get more involved.  You can check out a preview of the film here, and leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Movie Trailer – Over Troubled Waters from Russell Fisher on Vimeo.

The San Francisco Bay relies on a healthy Delta, part of the reason why a Peripheral Canal remains as bad of an idea as it was back in 1982.  As a reminder of what’s at stake, this quote from Bill Jennings of the California Sport Fishing Alliance sums it up nicely.

“You can’t restore an estuary hemorrhaging from pollution and lack of flow by stealing more fresh water from it.  That’s a death sentence for the Delta.”

We couldn’t agree more.