Water policies are harming the environment, frontline communities, tribes, and commercial and recreational fishing

For Immediate Release
April 16, 2024

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Tuolumne River Trust, Save California Salmon, Restore the Delta, Golden State Salmon Association, Sierra Club California, Delta Tribal Environmental Coalition, San Francisco Baykeeper, San Francisco League of Conservation Voters, and Great Old Broads for Wilderness lead the way.

San Francisco, California—This Earth Week, a powerful and diverse coalition will descend on San Francisco City Hall prior to a scheduled San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) meeting to demand action for the environment and communities adversely impacted by misguided SFPUC water policies. Following the protest, participants will attend the SFPUC meeting and demand accountability to impacted communities, the environment, and ratepayers.

The economic and ecological tipping point is now. At a time when taxpayer water rates are set to skyrocket for San Franciscans, the SFPUC budget is on the verge of collapse, and low flows along the Tuolumne River contribute to the erosion of health for all species, now is the time for the SFPUC to focus on sustaining human communities and ecological vitality. Notable speakers represent environmental justice communities in the Bay-Delta, Indigenous sovereignty initiatives, and critical conservation organizations.

an event of SF Climate Week
April 23, 2024 from 12:00-1:00PM

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San Francisco City Hall
1 Doctor Carlton B Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States

Peter Drekmeier, Policy Director at Tuolumne River Trust

Cintia Cortez, Policy Analyst with Restore the Delta & Delta Tribal Environmental Coalition Representative

Scott Artis, Executive Director of Golden State Salmon Association

San Francisco Baykeeper (speaker to be announced)

Partners from: Save California Salmon, Sierra Club California, San Francisco League of Conservation Voters, and Great Old Broads for Wilderness

Why Are Conservationists, Commercial Fishermen, Tribes and Environmental Justice Groups Protesting the SFPUC?

Despite being considered one of the nation’s greenest cities, San Francisco has an abysmal record on protecting aquatic ecosystems. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), which owns and operates the Hetch Hetchy Water System, is causing more harm to the San Francisco Bay-Delta than almost any other water agency.