2018 – What a Year it Was!

I hope you are enjoying this magical time of year!

We’ve had quite a year this year. We have made progress against the California WaterFix (Delta Tunnels) on multiple fronts and have clearly articulated to the State agencies our concerns with through-Delta tunnel construction destroying communities, our economy, boating and recreation waterways, and our way of life. Finally, they have begun to listen and grasp the real issues – both construction issues and long-term operational issues. As a result, Governor Brown is leaving office without breaking ground on his tunnels. This is a huge win and I thank all of you for your efforts !!!

The year in recap:

  • We successfully delayed votes and slowed the Tunnel approval process down multiple times. Thanks to those of you who attended events, sent in your comments, and communicated with your representatives!
  • Our testimonies throughout the year to the State Water Resources and Control Board delayed the permitting process. That is on hold at this time.
  • The Water Board voted to increase the water flow on the San Joaquin River. This was the first time in decades that the water quality plan was updated and flows to be improved. Although both the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers need even more to truly return the Delta to minimum needs for salmon and other species and to keep the Delta fresh, it was a great first step!
  • We convinced the Delta Stewardship Council Staff that the tunnel construction plan is completely unacceptable for the communities who live in the Delta. In addition, that the tunnel operational plan was insufficient. The Staff reported to the Council that the tunnels are “inconsistent” with the Delta Plan and should not be incorporated. As a result, the Department of Water Resources withdrew their consistency request.
  • We had a successful fundraising golf event this year. That plus other smaller events and individual donations provided enough funding to keep us going during 2018. Our coffers are low now. Please donate (see info at the bottom or click the Donate button on the right).
  • Karen Mann volunteered to run STCDA for two months while Jan & Mike were on vacation. She is now our official VP and will continue next year. Thanks Karen!
  • Our 2019 STCDA Board is:
    President TBD
    VP Karen Mann
    Secretary Linda Sepulveda
    Treasurer Peter Hills
    Director (DBYC) Dane McCoy
    Director (CA Delta Chamber)   Bill Wells
    Director (Bethel Island) Jamie Bolt

    (I will continue with Member Communications.)

  • Yours truly (Jan) was named Citizen of the Year for 2018 thanks to all of you jumping in and making a difference and making our little organization a success. The fun part was being the Grand Marshall in the Discovery Bay Parade of Lights.
    Parade Of Lights 2018

From me and STCDA, wishing you and your families a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Jan McCleery, President, Save the California Delta Alliance

P.S. We’ve had success this year and Governor Brown is out, but Diane Feinstein and the Central Valley representatives will continue to try to go around our state agencies and their process in order to take more water and build those tunnels. But we will continue our efforts!

To donate by check, please make check payable to “STCDA” and mail to:
PO Box 1760
Discovery Bay, CA 94505

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit so your donations are tax deductible. Thank you!

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