A recent email to their supporters - complete with “fill in your name” sample letters to the editor - illustrates yet again how Restore the Delta loads truths and facts into the spin cycle to produce untruths and alternative facts about California WaterFix.
“Restore the Delta,” an Astroturf group that supports the unsustainable status quo for the troubled California Delta, has made a lot of noise about the plan to fix California’s aging water distribution system. Their actions would leave the Delta to deteriorate and would jeopardize the water supply for millions of California homes, family farms and businesses.
A look into the organization reveals that “Restore the Delta” is funded by billionaire developers and big water users whose interest is neither the environment nor Delta residents: it’s all about protecting the corporate and personal financial interests of the group’s backers.
Restore the Truth is a periodic series that will expose the truth about this organization, its backers, and its destructive policies and actions that would destroy the Delta and our state’s water supply.
Recently, “Restore the Delta” submitted testimony to the State Water Resources Control Board in response to the California WaterFix petition. Below are some facts to counter some of their false claims.
Restore the Delta is at it again – manipulating the facts to make a case for protecting the status quo while hurting the Delta environment and the 26 million people who rely on the state’s water infrastructure.
A series of small earthquakes in Contra Costa county yesterday apparently wakened the Delta big water user-funded group, “Restore the Delta” to once again question the need to improve the security of California’s water system by investing in a water distribution system that is more earthquake safe.
We now know that Restore the Delta (RTD) is nothing more than a puppet for its wealthy funders whose idea of Delta “restoration” is to develop luxury golf courses, massive tract homes on Delta islands, and environmentally destructive dredging of Delta waterways.
In a time of unprecedented drought, it would seem most everyone would agree that managing limited water supplies requires accurate monitoring and reporting of actual water use.
“Restore the Delta” consistently blames “big agribusiness” for California’s water woes and they regularly attack “Corporate agribusiness tycoons” who “receive taxpayer subsidies” for crops.
“Restore the Delta” likes to portray itself as a grassroots organization fighting to protect the Delta. But recent installments of RestoreDeltaTruth.com have exposed the organization as being largely funded by a few wealthy developers whose idea of “restoring” the Delta includes massive, environmentally damaging dredging of the Delta.
Remember Dino Cortopassi’s full-page, small text “Liar, Liar” ads in the state’s major newspapers? Turns out that headline might also come in handy for the group he’s funded: Restore the Delta.
It wasn’t too surprising that “Restore the Delta,” the faux environmental group, is connected to billionaire developer and mega-Republican contributor A.G. Spanos. After all, RTD offices are housed in the building owned by Spanos.
“Restore the Delta,” the Astroturf group that supports the unsustainable status quo for the troubled California Delta, has made a lot of noise during the past decade about the proposals for California’s water future.