Stop a CA nature space classroom from being dammed for agribusiness

Stop a CA nature space classroom from being dammed for agribusiness

0 have signed. Let’s get to 2,500!
At 2,500 signatures, this petition is more likely to get picked up by local news!
Christopher Quock started this petition to Representative Josh Harder and

     Just over a two-and-a-half hour drive away from bustling San Francisco, Del Puerto Canyon has been an important natural classroom for various groups from throughout CA for decades.  Ever since Allan Bennison collected the first dinosaur remains found in California in the 1930s, Del Puerto Canyon and the surrounding hills have been a go-to place for groups from public and private schools, many UC and CSU campuses, and natural history museums.  Audubon chapters and plant clubs from various parts of the state also use the publicly accessible roadside stops and day use areas in and around Del Puerto Canyon for annual field trips.  Grinding rocks and other reminders of the history of the Yokuts in this area can also be seen.  Rather than being empty space waiting to be put to use for agriculture and economic development, Del Puerto Canyon currently provides many important cultural, recreational and educational services (including those with downstream benefits for farmers) for locals and other communities throughout California.

     Yet, in spite of its long history as an important site for natural history education, the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority and Del Puerto Water District have been pushing forward with plans for a series of dams and an 800 acre reservoir there (delpuertocanyonreservoir.com) starting next year 2022.  There are currently no plans for public access, and it would block the entrance off Interstate 5 which many groups depend on to access deeper parts of the canyon.  One of the most vocal proponents of the project is Representative Josh Harder.  Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland have also backed Harder's efforts.  A coalition of organizations including the Center for Biological Diversity, California Native Plant Society, Friends of the River, and the Sierra Club (Mother Lode Chapter, Yokuts Group) have come together to challenge the project's potential impacts on wildlife.  Current and former residents of the nearby town of Patterson have also come together to form Save Del Puerto Canyon (savedelpuertocanyon.org) to voice their concerns over the loss of recreational opportunities for locals and potential flooding concerns if the dam fails.

Sign this petition to:

1) State the following to Sen. Feinstein, Gov. Newsom, and Rep. Harder in a message sent out with each signature:

"To Whom This May Concern,

     Please reconsider your support for the proposed dams and reservoir at Del Puerto Canyon. Del Puerto Canyon has been a go-to place for students, field course instructors, and researchers from many University of California and California State University campuses, schools, and museums for decades. While the water needs for agribusiness and other interest groups in the Central Valley are important, so too are areas that have historically served as hubs for generations of academics and nature lovers. In the goal to preserve 30% of California's lands and waters by 2030, sites like DPC, and continued public access to them, should be considered for inclusion."

2) Pledge to be on the lookout for and make your voice heard at upcoming public comment periods.  Although the recent meeting on December 15th determined that the reservoir builders barely passed the eligibility requirements for WSIP funding from Proposition 1(https://cwc.ca.gov/Meetings/All-Meetings/2021/Meeting-of-the-California-Water-Commission-Dec-15-2021), they still have to submit completed feasibility forms and apply separately for funding.  There's also the ongoing lawsuit over their initial environmental impact report.  There will be public comment periods for many of these steps, and further opportunities to speak directly to decision makers about the fate of this canyon.

0 have signed. Let’s get to 2,500!
At 2,500 signatures, this petition is more likely to get picked up by local news!