April 23, 2015
To: Interested Parties
Fr: Steven Maviglio, Restore the Delta Truth
Re: Restore the Delta Double Speak
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.
We also know that RTD has consistently opposed funding for actual Delta habitat restoration and they oppose monitoring and reporting of Delta water use by the organization’s key funders and members. In other words, they oppose proposals to actually restore the Delta.
So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that Restore the Delta gets caught speaking out of both sides of its mouth. A lot.
Here are just a few recent examples of RTD Double Speak:
One the One Hand
Restore the Delta says that urban areas “will not receive any additional water from the project.”
Restore the Delta says they support levee maintenance as a “solution” to the Delta.
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 Executive Director Barrigan-Parilla has criticized farmers that grow water intensive crops like rice.
On the Other Hand
Restore the Delta says the water pipeline is a massive “water grab” for urban water users that will “drain the Delta.”
Restore the Delta opposed Proposition 1, the 2014 water bond that included more than $295 million to improve levees in the Delta.
Public records reveal that Restore the Delta’s board and primary funders are a collection of “big agribusiness” who own tens of thousands of acres while taking hundreds of thousands of acre-feet of Delta water. And RTD board members and funders themselves have received millions of dollars in federal farm subsidies.
Dino Cortopassi, RTD’s major financial backer and recipient of the group’s Delta Advocacy Award, owns thousands of acres of rice fields that use thousands of acre-feet of water every year.
Flip-flip. Flip-flop. Flip-flop. If you believe what Restore the Delta is saying, just wait a minute. They’ll be talking out of their other side of their mouth in no time.