Petition to California Governor
Stop punishing California Residents. The water problem is YOUR FAULT!
We have done our part. We have installed water saving toilets, shower-heads, sprinklers, faucets, etc. We have reduced our water consumption dramatically and are paying exorbitant fees for water and taxes. Enough is enough! On the other hand, YOU have done nothing to prepare the State for water shortages and increased population. Blaming the weather is flatout irresponsible. You had plenty of warning. Our water system is old and not capable of sustaining growth or lack of rain. 1. Time for YOU to get to work. Find ways to bring water to the State: Water desalinization – Better, efficient, solar-powered technology is available now. The biggest ocean in the world is right next to us. Waterpipe from Oregon/Washington States. The Columbia River dumps millions of gallons of water to the ocean everyday. Find a way to buy that water and build a pipeline to supply our aqueducts. Talented American engineers are working in the Middle East turning deserts into tropical paradises. Consult with them. The technology is available. 2. Every action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction! Your mandate for us to cut our water usage by 25% will have serious and irreversible effects to our Eco-system: We spent years planting trees, grass and plants, making our cars more efficient and reducing pollution to clean our air quality. We can’t go back to pollution. Air quality and greenhouse gases will create a man-made climate change. By reducing the irrigation of our gardens, we will be killing our grass, plants and trees. This will reduce the amount of oxygen producing organisms and increase our CO2 levels affecting our greenhouse gases, damaging our air quality and increasing the number of people suffering from respiratory and pulmonary diseases. Reduced production of healthy California produce: You are asking farmers to decrease their water usage. This will also reduce the amount of produce grown in California and kill our farming industry. The unacceptable alternative would be to import produce from China and other non-FDA regulated countries that use dangerous pesticides and fertilizers. You will seriously harm our health! California is one of the most beautiful states in the Nation. By destroying our gardens and trees, our property values will decrease. This will have negative consequences by reducing the amount the State and local municipalities collect in taxes. The reduced consumption or water will increase water pressure and instability in the old pipes and infrastructure in our larger cities. Bursts underground pipes waste more water per minute than the water we could “save” by reducing our water usage in weeks. Your punishing actions and unacceptable mediocrity are driving people away from California. STOP! 3. Money is NOT an issue: You have budgeted billions of dollars to build a high-speed train, support entitlements for undocumented workers and unnecessary government projects and bureaucracy. This is an EMERGENCY. Re-allocate funds to get water into our States NOW! The State is collecting unprecedented and unfair amounts of money in the “Global Warming Tax”. Use this money to prevent further global warming. We need our plants, trees and grass to reduce CO2 levels and prevent further climate change. Initiate investigations into corruption, nepotism and waste of resources in ALL of the State’s water agencies. For example: Do we really need over 5,000 people making over $130,000 per year in salary in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power? 200 of them make over $250,000 per year. This is flat out corruption! 4. Mediocrity is UNACCEPTABLE: California is the world leader when it comes to innovation, technology and human progress. We have some of the best research universities in the world like Caltech, USC, Stanford, Berkeley and others. Some of the best technology companies and the brightest minds in the world are headquartered in California. Start an immediate program to fund research and solutions for the water mismanagement problem. Bring engineers and consultants from Israel to train our farmers on the water utilization techniques they use. Just like Space X did it for space travel, create a State-funded contest and with a prize of $10 million dollars to the entity or individual that can find better solutions. With all these resources at your disposal, it is just impossible to believe that the only solution you can find is to further punish the citizens for your mistakes and lack of action. Get off your comfortable seats and comfy offices and GET TO WORK! Time to act and work for US, the people that pay your salaries, the citizens of California!
Petition to Jennifer Lucchesi
Solar-powered desalination on California Coast
The Southwest is running out of water. Converting the decommissioned San Onofre facility to a solar-powered desalination plant could generate 1.1 billion gallons of freshwater every day - offsetting the current amount being drained from the Colorado River to supply water to Southern California cities. To make this conversion to solar-powered desalination a reality, we need to ensure that San Onofre Units 2&3 seawater inlet and discharge conduits are preserved for possible future use with a regional scale solar-powered desalination plant. Our vision embraces regional scale, solar-powered desalination to create a climate-proof watershed for continued ecological, social and economic vitality. We aim to produce new, clean, drinking water from seawater using the proven reverse osmosis (RO) process at a plant on the California coast. This new water will offset water now being pumped from the Colorado River to serve Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas, leaving more water available to meet the needs of inland Colorado River water users. This approach provides an additional 1,300,000 acre-feet of water available to Upper and Lower Colorado Basin users. Our goal is to protect the families, farmers, environment and sustainable growth of the American Southwest. People. Water is a human right. Agriculture. We value the farmers, families, and way of life in the American Southwest. We need a new, reliable large-scale water source in order to sustain and protect the productive agriculture and vibrant growth that drives us forward. Environment. By creating new water, the SolRio Project reduces stress on our lakes and rivers, revitalizing precious ecosystems and protecting key species. We strive to minimize all environmental impacts of our desalination process. Sustainability. We believe in a sustainable future – one that ensures access to water resources for future generations, while protecting the quality of our environment. By using electricity generated by solar power plants, we avoid expense and pollution of fossil fuel generation. Thank you for your support!
Petition to Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Jim Costa, Mike Honda, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Sam Farr, David Valadao, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, Lois Capps, Steve Knight, Julia Brownley, Judy Chu, Adam Schiff, Tony Cardenas, Brad Sherman, Grace Napolitano, Ted Lieu, Xavier Becerra, Norma Torres, Raul Ruiz, Karen Bass, Linda Sanchez, Ed Royce, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Mark Takano, Ken Calvert, Maxine Waters, Janice Hahn, Mimi Walters, Loretta Sanchez, Alan Lowenthal, Dana Rohrabacher, Darrell Issa, Duncan Hunter, Juan Vargas 2, Scott Peters, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein
Speak up for California Salmon! No to Senate & House Bills 2533 & 2898
We are asking you to take a moment to help us address a critical issue, Water! The current water bills (link to bill 2533 here and bill 2898 here) introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao in the Senate and House will be up for consideration in Congress before the end of the year. These bills weaken protections for salmon in order to pump more water from the Delta in Northern California for use primarily for big ag in the San Joaquin Valley. Water is a public resource, and therefore should include all constituents. These bills dramatically weaken or completely eliminate consideration of water for the environment, specifically for wild California salmon, which need cold water released at certain times of the year to spawn, rear and migrate to the ocean. They would also promote new taxpayer subsidized and salmon killing dams. We understand that ag needs water. So do salmon! Sacrificing the environment, salmon and the multi-billion dollar fishing industry to move more water is a dangerous and biased approach. We need a long-term solution for the drought which reflects the needs of all constituents, human as well as wildlife. We know how do to this. More conservation groundwater clean up and management, water recycling and capturing urban stormwater can provide plenty of additional water for cities and agriculture. And restoring habitat and ensuring adequate flows can help restore salmon and the environment. We are asking for your help, because to risk the health and future viability of wild salmon runs in California due to poor legislation is inexcusable. Speak up for Salmon!
Petition to Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden
Protect Salmon: Seek Drought Solutions
California's last runs of wild salmon, and the fishermen who depend on them, are in crisis. The devastating drought that has wreaked havoc on the State's ability to allocate water for all its uses has been especially brutal to these majestic fish. Low river flows and high water temperatures make it virtually impossible for baby salmon to migrate out of the once-mighty Sacramento River and into the Pacific Ocean. For the fishing families, businesses and communities in California, Oregon and Washington that catch California King salmon, the harvest is getting ever more grim. Sadly, federal legislative efforts to address the impacts of the drought could worsen the problems facing salmon and the fishing community. We need your help to tell our West Coast Senators that you want to see local, sustainable, wild-caught salmon on your dinner plate. Congress is considering two bills, H.R. 2898 (Valadao) and S. 2533 (Feinstein), that are supposed to relieve the effects of the drought for all Californians, but that really direct water away from where salmon need it most. Although Senator Feinstein's bill has several provisions that are important steps toward water sustainability in California, both bills would weaken current protections for struggling salmon runs, and encourage construction of new salmon-killing dams. These bills reinforce the myth that there have to be water winners and water losers in the fight over King Salmon and California's water. But it doesn't have to be that way. Let's ask our West Coast Senators to take a step back and look at what we can accomplish when we put our heads together. Senator Feinstein took bold steps in her bill by asking that we work toward water efficiency, recycling, and reuse. Congressman Huffman proposed a bill (H.R. 2893) that includes even more drought innovations that can meet the needs of salmon, farms and cities. Let's use those sustainability provisions as a template for a real drought solution. Let's keep protecting our precious salmon resource when it needs it most: during the drought. Join us today by asking our West Coast Senators to focus on water sustainability innovations and salmon protections in any California drought relief bill, and to fight back against the myth that the drought demands water winners and water losers. Tell our Senators to dump the current drought bills and to insist on a drought solution for California's cities, farms and salmon. We are the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations. We are the working men and women of the commercial salmon fishing community whose livelihood depends on strong salmon runs from free-flowing rivers. We work to ensure that our fish remain a sustainable resource, and that fishing remains a sustainable way of life.