Restore the Lifeblood of San Francisco Bay: End the man-made drought in the Bay-Delta
  • Petitioned California's State Water Resources Control Board

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California's State Water Resources Control Board

Restore the Lifeblood of San Francisco Bay: End the man-made drought in the Bay-Delta

    1. Petition by

      The SalmonAID Coalition


California's unique San Francisco Bay-Delta – including the rivers that feed it and the fish that depend on it – is in a state of crisis. Over half the freshwater that historically flowed into San Francisco Bay is now diverted upstream, with devastating consequences for the Bay’s species and habitats. Incredibly, most water users in the Bay’s watershed are not required to release water to protect the Bay, and many water users do not use water nearly as efficiently or wisely as they should.   As a result, Central California's once abundant salmon runs and other fishes are in imminent danger of extinction, and the Bay-Delta ecosystem that supports salmon and other economically critical species is collapsing.  In 2008 and 2009, the salmon fishing season was cancelled for the first time in the state's history.

The State Water Board's upcoming decision on whether to require increased flows from the San Joaquin River basin’s portion of the Bay’s watershed is the first test of whether California will restore a balance between the needs of the Bay-Delta's endangered fish and wildlife, public trust resources, the many businesses that depend on healthy fisheries, and the other beneficial uses of water. Right now, in a typical year two-thirds of the natural runoff from the San Joaquin basin is diverted before it reaches the Bay-Delta – sometimes as much as two-thirds of what is left in the river is polluted runoff from farms and cities. Based on the best available science, the Board has already determined that 60% of the San Joaquin River's natural flow in the winter and spring is needed to fully restore the public trust resources of the Bay-Delta ecosystem - our fish, wildlife, and natural habitats.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Restoring San Joaquin River water -- What's at Stake?

      The State Water Board, the Bay-Delta, and the San Joaquin River: What's at Stake? - Headwaters to Oceans

      One vision of the San Joaquin's future. Bay-Delta water quality standards are reviewed every three years, in theory, but the reality is that major changes are made only once in a generation. This time around, in the most serious potential update to the standards in eighteen years, the State Water...

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Reached 50 signatures
    5. Improving Flows in the San Joaquin and Bay-Delta Benefits People

      Will California Restore the Lower San Joaquin River and its Salmon? | Doug Obegi's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

      From their headwaters in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers were historically wild, teeming with salmon that sustained native Americans, early settlers, and abundant wildlife. These rivers join the lower San Joaquin River and flow into the Bay-Delta, one of the two main arteries that sustain the heart of the West Coast's largest estuary.

    6. Reached 25 signatures
    7. Why we should and CAN end the drought in the SF Bay Delta - Gary Bobker

      End the Drought Now - Headwaters to Oceans

      The longest running drought in recorded California history is happening right now, and it isn't caused by climate change or nature. This drought is the result of the average annual diversion of half the fresh water flowing from the Central Valley watershed before it reaches San Francisco Bay. The severe,...

    8. Trout Unlimited's Water Policy Director on Water Board Proposal

      Reinvesting in California's Salmon and Steelhead

      by Chandra Ferrari, TU California Water Policy Director Remember the great crash of 2007/2008? No, not the financial disaster that wiped out 401(k) accounts and housing equity in record time. I'm talking about the collapse of the California Central Valley salmon population that was so severe it necessitated a complete closure of the salmon ...


    Reasons for signing

    • Sandy Johnson WALNUT GROVE, CA
      • 10 months ago

      Because people are refusing to accept the science/facts of what they are being told/shown/given. It is just plain wrong to our environment. I thought we were saving the planet?

    • Naomi Thomas WALLA WALLA, WA
      • 11 months ago

      Salmon are important to our total natural resources.

    • James True OAKLAND, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      I have been a Salmon, Stripper Bass, and Halibut fisherman in the Bay and out of the Golden Gate for many years. I particularly enjoy taking my brother, sons and nephew, and friends fishing out on party boats gladly contributing to the local fishing economy - very hard working folk. I would like to believe that this resource will be here for future generations to enjoy as much as I have had the privilege to experience.

    • Charlene Woodcock BERKELEY, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      We MUST protect the Delta and the Sacramento River fishery. Serious water consrevation is the first step.

    • James Weil FREMONT, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      The Bay needs to be restored to put it in balance for both Man and Nature


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