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Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Governor Jerry Brown’s rush to build peripheral tunnels that would drain the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and doom Central Valley Chinook salmon and other Pacific fisheries, announced they would rally 700 tunnels opponents on Thursday evening in French Camp.

RTD will present Delta Advocate Awards to the Delta Congressional Delegation, Dr. Jeff Michael of the University of the Pacific, Delta Geotechnical and Engineering Expert Dr. Bob Pyke, San Joaquin County Supervisor and Chairman-elect of the Delta Protection Commission, Larry Ruhstaller, Delta farmer Rogene Reynolds, activist Jerry Cadagan, Adam Scow of Food and Water Watch, and Conner Everts, executive director of the Southern California Watershed Alliance.

The following elected officials, will be recognized for their ongoing leadership efforts: Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman; Assemblymember Jim Frazier; Senator Cathleen Galgiani; Assemblymember Kristin Olsen; Senator Lois Wolk; Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, and County Supervisors Don Notolli, Sacramento and Ken Vogel, San Joaquin.

I applaud all of these folks for their great work fighting the twin tunnels proposed under the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)!

The Restore the Delta Anti-Tunnels Event will take place from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Thursday, October 10, 2013 at The River Mill, 1672 Bowman Rd, French Camp, CA.

Directions: I-5 exit at Matthews Road in French Camp. Head west, make first left at Chinese Cemetery onto Manthey Rd.  Continue alongside the freeway for 1.2 miles to right on Bowman Rd. Head toward the levee for about 2.5 miles.   Before the levee, enter The River Mill on the left, 1672 Bowman Rd.

Restore the Delta is a 10,000-member grassroots organization committed to making the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable to benefit all of California. Restore the Delta works to improve water quality so that fisheries and farming can thrive together again in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

For more information, contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546;; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta.

Background: After reports by state and federal scientists of the crash of four Delta pelagic fish species emerged in 2005, Gary Adams of the California Striped Bass Association, West Delta Chapter, and I began a series of conversations about the need to form a coalition that would unite all of the people, including recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, family farmers, grassroots environmentalists, Indian Tribes and Delta residents, seeking to restore the Delta under one banner.

Other folks began to agree with us. As a result, a group of people from diverse backgrounds ended up meeting in an office in Stockton in 2006 to form the group "Restore the Delta."

Since then Restore the Delta has done a lot of great work, including producing a documentary movie, "Over Troubled Waters," filling up legislative hearings with opponents of the peripheral tunnels, staging protests and rallies at the State Capitol and coordinating an intensive media campaign against the tunnels.

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