Restore the Delta rallies 700 people against tunnels
Written By: Dan Bacher, October 16, 2013
Jerry Meral, the Deputy Secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency, and other Brown administration officials promoting the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), have tried to portray the growing movement against the tunnels as only "token" opposition.
RTD presented Delta Advocate Awards to a host of very deserving folks, including the Delta Congressional Delegation, Dr. Jeff Michael of the University of the Pacific, Delta Geotechnical and Engineering Expert Dr. Bob Pyke, San Joaquin County Supervisor and Chairman-elect of the Delta Protection Commission, Larry Ruhstaller, Delta farmer Rogene Reynolds, activist Jerry Cadagan, Adam Scow of Food and Water Watch, and Conner Everts, executive director of the Southern California Watershed Alliance.
Elected officials recognized for their ongoing leadership efforts included Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman; Assemblymember Jim Frazier; Senator Cathleen Galgiani; Assemblymember Kristin Olsen; Senator Lois Wolk; Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, and County Supervisors Don Notolli, Sacramento and Ken Vogel, San Joaquin.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that being an advocate is a good thing,” Michael said in his keynote address before receiving the Delta Advocate award. “A Delta advocate cares about this special place. They want future generations to enjoy a Delta that is fishable, farmable, swimable and all those nice things."
"But being a Delta advocate is being more than that. To me, it means facts over fear, being an advocate for good government and demanding that government agencies follow their own rules and be responsible for taxpayer dollars. It means standing up for enduring value, and having an environmental sustainability, fairness, democracy, and the rule of law," Michael concluded.
You can see Gene Beley's excellent coverage of the rally, including the Central Valley Business Times article on Dr. Jeffrey Michael's speech and four videos covering the entire Restore the Delta Rally Thursday night, at: http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?
Restore the Delta (RTD) released audios of Thursday evening's remarks from award-winning Master of Ceremonies comedian Jack Gallagher, Dr. Jeff Michael, Rogene Reynolds, Adam Scow, Conner Everts and Senator Lois Wolk:
Master of Ceremonies comedian Jack Gallagher:
Dr. Jeff Michael of the University of the Pacific:
Delta farmer Rogene Reynolds:
Adam Scow of Food and Water Watch:
Conner Everts, executive director of the Southern California Watershed Alliance:
Senator Lois Wolk:
I applaud all of these folks for their great work fighting the twin tunnels proposed under the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)! I am also very thankful of the group for giving me the "Journalistic Excellence Award" at RTD's fundraiser last September.
The construction of the peripheral tunnels will hasten the extinction of Central Valley chinook salmon, steelhead, Delta and long fin smelt, green sturgeon and other fish species, as well as imperil the steelhead and salmon populations on the Klamath and Trinity rivers.
For more information about Restore the Delta, go to: http://www.restorethedelta.org