water rights

5 petitions

Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to San Antonio City Council

Stop water rate hikes and demand transparency through a financial audit of SAWS

As we face a changing climate we demand that the city of San Antonio looks to pass a just and equitable Climate Action Plan that addresses the water needs of a community projected to grow by 1 million by 2040.  SAWS and City Council must present alternative funding methods and long term sustainable ideas for infrastructure updates, greater conservation efforts and limits to urban sprawl with community engagement and fiscal transparency.  City Council should reject any large scale rate increases without making more effort to inform the community of their necessity.  San Antonio has a unique opportunity to focus on water sustainability as we evaluate our future and climate.   We should find long term solutions that make us the leader in providing for our communities and not another participant in a urban sprawl resource grab. Community Demands AUDIT PROJECTED WATER BILL RATE HIKES: 2018: 5.8%; 2019: 4.7%; 2020:12%; for a combined total increase of 20.5% over the next 3 years. Because of  these totals, we demand transparency with a financial audit of SAWS .VISTA RIDGE PIPELINE:We demand that our city push and create solutions that do not jeopardize the ecology or extract resources from other communities. We do not support taking water from other communities as a secure solution and demand greater conservation efforts from corporate and government use as well. FISCAL LEADERSHIP: Giving executives raises and bonuses at a time when SAWS is pushing an almost 20% rate increase  sends the wrong message to community members who are being asked to pay more for projects. RATE STRUCTURE TRANSPARENCY: As SAWS continues to demand more conservation and higher water bills for residential use, we demand a culture of transparency with language, efforts, and information that is accessible to all.  This includes breakdowns of corporate and government water use and rate structures.   We demand our city offer more transparency behind rate hikes and utility planning and vote No on upcoming rate hikes and efforts to push these rate increases without community input.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Estamos pidiendo más transparencia detrás de los aumentos de tarifas para nuestros servicios públicos. A medida que enfrentamos un clima cambiante, exigimos que la ciudad apruebe un Plan de Acción Climática justo y equitativo que aborde las necesidades de agua de una comunidad que se proyecta crecerá en 1 millón para 2040. SAWS y el consejo municipal deben presentar métodos alternativos de financiación e ideas sostenibles a largo plazo para actualizaciones de infraestructura, mayores esfuerzos de conservación y límites a la expansión urbana con participación comunitaria y transparencia fiscal. El Concejo Municipal debe rechazar cualquier aumento de tarifas a gran escala sin antes informar a la comunidad de su necesidad. San Antonio tiene una oportunidad única de enfocarse en la sostenibilidad del agua a medida que evaluamos nuestro futuro y clima. Deberíamos encontrar soluciones a largo plazo que nos conviertan en un líder que provee para nuestra comunidad y no únicamente otro participante en un agarre de recursos de expansión urbana.   Demandas de la comunidad: AUDITORÍA DE SAWS Y TARIFAS AFECTADAS: Los números propuestos de alza de tasas son - 2018: 5.8%; 2019: 4,7%; 2020: 12%; para un aumento total combinado del 20.5% en los próximos 3 años. Debido a estos totales, exigimos transparencia con una auditoría financiera de SAWS. OLEODUCTO VISTA RIDGE: Exigimos que nuestra ciudad impulse y cree soluciones que no pongan en peligro la ecología ni extraigan recursos de otras comunidades. No apoyamos tomar agua de otras comunidades como una solución segura y exigimos mayores esfuerzos de conservación del uso corporativo y gubernamental. LIDERAZGO FISCAL: Dar a los ejecutivos aumentos y bonos en un momento en que SAWS está impulsando un aumento de casi el 20% en las tarifas envía el mensaje equivocado a los miembros de la comunidad a quienes se les pide que paguen más por los proyectos. TRANSPARENCIA DE LA ESTRUCTURA DE LA TARIFA: A medida que SAWS continúa exigiendo más conservación y mayores facturas de agua para uso residencial, exigimos una cultura de transparencia con lenguaje, esfuerzos e información que sea accesible para todos. Esto incluye los desgloses del uso del agua corporativo y del gobierno y las estructuras de tarifas. Además, SAWS necesita tomar en cuenta los salarios actuales y el costo de vida para garantizar que las alzas de tasas se mantengan accesibles. Exijimos que nuestra ciudad ofrezca más transparencia detrás de los incrementos de tarifas y la planificación de servicios públicos, y vote “no” en las próximas alzas de tasas y los esfuerzos para impulsar estos aumentos de tarifas sin la participación de la comunidad.  

Southwest Workers' Union San Antonio, Texas
232 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Support Fair Water Flow for Florida's Industry and Wildlife Along Apalachicola River & Bay

A Fight Over Water, and to Save a Way of LifeApalachicola is a Florida heritage site, a bastion of Old Florida history and lifestyle, and severely dependent on the water flow from the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers. The unique mix of water from the ACF basin and the Gulf of Mexico has created one of this country's most bountiful environments for marine life and the seafood industry.As early as 1896, Apalachicola Bay exported around 50,000 cans of oysters a day to other states across the country. Five years ago, Apalachicola Bay oyster fishers harvested more than 3 million pounds of oyster meat, roughly 92 percent of Florida’s oyster harvest and 10 percent of the national harvest. However, much has changed since 2013. During that year, the total harvest dropped to around 1 million pounds, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared a fishery state of  disaster on at the bay.Apalachicola's issues can be traced back to 1989, when the United States Army Corps of Engineers recommended that some water flowing through the Buford Dam, located on the Chattahoochee River in northern Georgia, should be used for the city of Atlanta's water supply. Florida has pursued legal action to protect the flow of water that meets the Gulf, but it is facing an uphill battle.In 2017, a special master has recommended to the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against Florida in a decades-long fight over water use. This ruling will deliver a big blow to not only the oysters, but the people of Big Bend’s Apalachicola Bay.Sign this petition to make your Florida voice heard in this battle. This petition will be delivered to the Army Corps of Engineers in support of finding a different solution to the water needs of the states involved in this fight. Help us bring awareness to the economic and ecologic disaster restricted water flow will cause. Follow @oneriverapalach on Twitter and Instagram for more info.       

One River Apalachicola
2,447 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

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! 

Farmers, Fishers & Friends of Salmon
11,765 supporters