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How much do you love your Delta?

Interview with Executive Director of the California Delta Chambers & Visitor’s Bureau:
Bill Wells

delta-donateIf I donate $35 to $20,000+, where does that money go? How does that help the chamber, and the chamber’s mission?

This goes into the general operating fund of the chamber. It is used to promote tourism, local businesses, and to stop outside forces from destroying the Delta.  If a person has a specific project we are working on like signage or a publication that they want to donate to we can accommodate that request also.

chamber-missionWhat is “the chamber’s mission?”

We promote the assets of the California Delta through the combined efforts of local chambers of commerce, visitor bureaus, development associations, businesses, government agencies, and individuals throughout the Delta area.

unique-chamberWhat makes the California Delta Chambers unique from other chamber organizations?

We encompass 37 cities and towns within six counties of the Delta area.  We work with chambers & visitor’s bureaus throughout the area.  We are actively involved in many Delta issues including working to stop the government from diverting the Sacramento River around the Delta. Our Board of Directors (BOD) is made up of professional individuals in a variety of businesses around the Delta. Our board members all live and or work in the Delta and have a combined total of over 200 years of local business experience.

news-and-topicsHow could you help the Delta Chamber if you are not a member?

Seek out announcements, political happenings, local stories and hot topics in our exclusive “Hot off the Press” & “Commodores Corner” blogs.  Stay in contact with your elected representatives to make sure they are supporting Delta interests.

geographic-heartWhy is the Delta so important?

The Delta is the geographic heart of California. It is also the heart of the California water system. It is a treasure worth saving and very important to the lifeblood of California. The Delta is known as the richest soil in the entire United States for agriculture.

aid-business-visitorsWhat does the chamber organization do beyond aiding Delta businesses?

We are active in preserving and protecting the Delta, and we work with all levels of government from local to federal. Our organization is accessible seven days a week through an information line and email service which provide quality information to visitors

delta-issuesWhat are the issues going on in the Delta today?

We are working to limit water exports from the Delta to a sustainable level including stopping the twin tunnels, and working with government agencies to reduce the impact of invasive plants around the Delta such as water hyacinth.

delta-bus-protestWhat is the story about the tunnels? How does this affect people’s everyday lives in the Delta?

The tunnels are both a costly and unsustainable method to export Delta fresh water to Southern California. This will negatively affect local farms, the recreation industry, legacy towns, and will be a general disaster to the Delta. Imagine the Delta without it’s water supply, salt water will backfill from the Bay and farms and plant life will be destroyed, even animal habitat will be destroyed.  The chamber had a seat on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan  (BDCP) public panel.  We worked during the entire two plus year process to provide a voice from the Delta.  We currently work with elected officials at all levels protecting and preserving the Delta.

bill-wellsIn the course of a day with Executive Director, Commodore Bill Wells, what do you do involving things outside of  businesses?

I have our office phone forwarded to my cell phone so I can offer quality assistance to all callers. I personally try to answer all emails that come to the chamber. Occasionally I have to forward them to a more knowledgeable person.  I meet with many organizations to promote Delta interests such as The Delta Protection Advisory Committee.  Lately I have been working with the Stockton Worknet to help military veterans find good jobs. There are a large number of government officials and public service organizations that I work with as well.

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Our Loyal Delta Family

Whether you are a Booster Member, Corporate Sponsor, or even an Anonymous Donor, we are glad
to welcome you in to the Delta Family! This is our way of saying "Thank-You" to the many gracious
people, companies and organizations that were willing to show us that they truly love the Delta.

Our Booster Member are Delta aficionados, not business related, but are supportive of the aims of Delta Chambers.

  • Beverly Antle
  • Shawn & Doug Ball
  • Ralph Banuelos
  • Gene Beley
  • Patrick Betson
  • Vern & Linda Bendsen
  • Danette Bentz
  • Angelika Boessl
  • David & Linda Breninger
  • David and Gina Brisson
  • Cindy Brock
  • Charles Buckerfield
  • Jim Carr
  • Karen Chandler
  • Carol Clemons
  • William Connor
  • Dennis & Paula Davis
  • Kassey Dolan
  • Jan & Rene Duzac
  • Carla Embertson
  • Scott Farquhar
  • Thom Foulks
  • Cass Gimbert
  • Kathy Graham
  • Sonja Hansler
  • Richard Hedapohl
  • Don & Joan Heier
  • Don & Linda Heisig
  • Howard Herron
  • Harold Hutchens
  • Barbara Jenkins
  • Bob Jenkins
  • Kimee Jenkins
  • Laura Kneppel
  • Mary Knight
  • Kim Korth
  • Hank Lawler
  • Marguerite Lawry
  • Debra Learn
  • Kimberly Lewis
  • Mike Peretti
  • Joe & Patti Locicero
  • Inga & Alvin Machado
  • Ty & Becky Mellott
  • Fred McAvoy
  • Barbara McGinnis
  • Erica Mims
  • Lewis Mitchell
  • Mike Peretti
  • Michael Pieretti
  • Randal Pinnel
  • Richard Powell
  • Jeff & Tracy Rexford
  • Don and Nita Rienhart
  • Cynthia Rivera
  • Patricia Romero
  • Tari Samra
  • Mary Lee Sando
  • James & Catherine Senior
  • Dan Schueler
  • Dave & Clare Spensley
  • Ada Stack
  • Arnold Strecker
  • Susie Van Wagner
  • Tony & Sharon Wirt

Our Corporate Sponsor are Delta aficionados, not business related, but are supportive of the aims of Delta Chambers.


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