March 24, 2015
To: Interested Parties
From: Steven Maviglio, Restore the Delta Truth
Re: No Drought in “Restore the Delta” Hypocrisy
“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 who want to build thousands of tract homes on Delta islands, who want to use cheap Delta water to hydrate a luxury golf course, and a Koch-brother ally whose idea of “restoring” the Delta includes massive, environmentally damaging dredging of the Delta.
Not only do the actions of RTD’s funders harm the Delta, but the actions of Restore the Delta itself as an organization also have significant negative impacts on efforts to improve Delta habitats and environment.
Here are some highlights of the group’s hypocrisy on the Delta.
- They say they are for “restoring the Delta,” but in 2014 RTD urged the Legislature and Governor Brown to “remove all funding for Delta habitat” from the water bond legislation. (Restore the Delta Press Release, June 25, 2014)
- Restore the Delta says they support levee maintenance, but they opposed Proposition 1 in 2014 that included $295 million to improve levees in the Delta. (http://www.lao.ca.gov/ballot/2014/prop-1-110414.aspx)
- Restore the Delta opposed the Legislature’s 2009 water package which included millions of dollars in funding for habitat restoration, and a $202 million appropriation for flood prevention and levee protection in the Delta. (Restore the Delta Press Release, November 4, 2009; CA Department of Water Resources, November 2009)
- Restore the Delta’s own lobbyist (Brett Baker) said Delta-area farmers are largely opposed to the BDCP because restoration efforts that are part of the Governor’s plan may cost them some of their land. (Los Angeles Times, October 4, 2012)
And these are just a few examples. That’s why it’s difficult to take Restore the Delta seriously when it comes to protecting the environment – or anything else.