The following is from an email sent by Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho explaining her trip to Washington, D.C. to seek support for our Delta. I thought it was worthy of a post.
Delta Advocacy Trip To DC
I recently returned from an advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. seeking support for our Delta’s needs. My colleagues and I from the five Delta Counties Coalition (DCC) spent our time meeting with Senators Feinstein and Boxer, local Congressional Representatives and Administrative Agencies.
The DCC has now made a few trips to Washington, D.C. and is becoming more familiar to our leadership and federal staff regarding our mission of restoring and preserving the Sacramento-San Joaquin Rivers Delta.
We kicked off our packed meeting schedule with the Chief of the Water and Power Branch of the Natural Resources Programs. We then went to the Pentagon to meet with Rock Salt, the Assistant Secretary for Civil Works from the United States Department of the Army (Army Corps of Engineers). Mr. Salt was a generous host and comes to his position with significant experience from his work with the Florida Everglades restoration efforts. We also met with the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, a representative of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, and still made time to meet with other key leaders in Washington.
Our trip was very successful in building our connection on Delta issues and exposing the weaknesses in the current Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) effort and its lack of alternatives being analyzed and the missing cost-benefit analyses.
We have several follow-up meetings with these key leaders scheduled so that we can continue to be sure we are on the same page for how to protect our Delta. We are also seeking funding so that specific studies can be carried out on issues of concern to Contra Costa County, including economic impacts of changes to the Delta. The BDCP implementation will have significant negative impacts on the Delta as well as increased water rates throughout the state.
I am honored to represent and advocate for our Delta and its needs. Together, we must protect this precious natural resource that provides value to so many in California.
To find out more about Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho, you view her website.
DELTA ADVOCACY TRIP TO DC