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Blog: Duel conveyance: Delta tunnel dilemmas

A new option has entered public discussion of Delta water supplies, having only one cross-Delta tunnel instead of two. The official State WaterFix proposal is for two tunnels (totaling 9,000 cfs capacity) under-crossing the Delta for 35 miles to allow up to 60% of Delta water exports to be directly from the Sacramento River for a variety of water supply, water quality, and Delta fish benefits. Implementing such a major project requires extraordinary political and financial support.

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Timeline: The long history of California’s Delta tunnels plan

It’s been more than half a century since Californians started talking seriously about building a new conveyance system – canals or tunnels – to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta to south Delta pumps for export to farms and cities in the south.

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Commentary: Governor could still solve Delta’s water woes with single-tunnel deal

The governor still hasn’t completely given up on his twin tunnels. But he has indicated a willingness to back a single-tunnel project as an alternative, which is welcome news. [Gov. Jerry] Brown may be the only person in California with the knowledge, power and political savvy to put together a deal that will secure the state’s water needs for generations to come. 

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Commentary: One tunnel would still devastate Delta

California WaterFix is at an impasse, or so it seems. In a perfect world, the project’s gaping hole in funding from State Water Project contractors, embarrassing outcomes from state and federal audits, and vehement opposition from the general public and environmental groups would have killed the tunnels.

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Q&A: Persuading Delta Residents that Twin Tunnels Would Be Good

From The Sacramento Bee:

Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, offered The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board his view of California’s plumbing system last week.

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San Joaquin County Supervisors Still Against Twin Tunnels

From the Stockton Record:

San Joaquin County supervisors agreed Tuesday to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels project – for the second time – and to send nearly 100 pages of highly critical comments to state and federal officials. 

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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: San Joaquin County Paints Grim Picture of Twin Tunnels’ Impact

From the Stockton Record:

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin tunnels “will effectively destroy the Delta as it exists today,” and will forever alter San Joaquin County’s economy, county officials warn in a new report.

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Commentary: 2 Tunnels Away from Being Next Owens Valley

From the Manteca Bulletin, in a commentary by Dennis Wyatt:

You can’t get much closer to the source of a large chunk of Los Angeles’ water than Sam Mack Meadow at 11,040 feet just over a mile from the Palisade Glacier – the largest in the Sierra.

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Friday’s Top of the Scroll: State Supreme Court to Rule in Delta Property-rights Case

From The Sacramento Bee:

The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide an epic battle over whether the state must condemn and acquire parcels on tens of thousands of acres of private property to conduct preliminary testing for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to construct two large water-conveyance tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Tunnel Objections Formalized

From the Stockton Record:

The lone state agency to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan warns that the project could force marinas out of business and take a big bite out of Delta agriculture.

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Just How Many Jobs will Delta Tunnels Project Create?

From the Sacramento Business Journal:

California’s drought could translate into jobs, but just how many jobs? That’s a question at the heart of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion plan to transport more water from Northern to Southern California.

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Commentary: Brown Headed for Another Term, But Major Acts Still Unsettled

From The Sacramento Bee, in Dan Walters’ column:

Jerry Brown may not be universally admired, but polls indicate that he’s virtually certain to win a record fourth term as governor, perhaps even in a landslide, and thus four more years to cement his place in political history.

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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta Tunnels, Conservancy in Spotlight as Senate Bond Proposal Falters

From The Sacramento Bee:

With the governor’s controversial Delta tunnel project a key part of the debate, lawmakers on Monday failed to advance a leading Senate proposal to put a revised water bond on the November ballot.

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Commentary: California Politicians Trying to Draft a New Water Bond

From The Sacramento Bee, in Dan Walters’ column:

With the state budget behind them, the Capitol’s politicians are turning to water, always California’s most divisive political issue – but particularly so during a very severe drought, as a state Senate debate and vote demonstrated Monday.

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Brown’s Water Tunnel Job Claims Generating Controversy

From the Los Angeles Times:

A bold, $25-billion plan to ship more water to Southern California could create tens of thousands of new jobs a year for decades, a Brown administration study says. And even though the plan is at least two years from possible final approval, it is generating plenty of controversy.

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Commentary: Brown’s Tunnel Plan Looms Over Effort to Pass Water Bonds

From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by George Skelton:

As lawmakers struggle to craft a water bond proposal for voters, there’s a huge reservoir of wonderful, non-controversial project ideas. But practically everyone is suffering from tunnel vision. Literally.

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Blog: Anti-Delta Tunnel Groups Gear Up to Oppose Water Bonds

From The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog:

California lawmakers haven’t finished maneuvering to get a new water bond on the ballot in November, but opponents have already begun mobilizing.

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Blog: On Several Fronts, Promising Signs of Water Progress

From the H2outlook blog, in a post by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger:

The state/federal effort to improve the reliability of water supplies from Northern California and restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is now in its seventh year, a testament to the time and hard work necessary to come up with a lasting solution. From the outside, it may be difficult to gauge progress of the Bay Delta Conservation Program at any given time.

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Commentary: Delta Plans Completely Ignore Non-English Speakers

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Javier Padilla Reyes:

The reckless indifference of Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration in failing to provide adequate access and participation for non-English speaking Californians shows that the state’s rush to build the twin Delta tunnels at all costs effectively disregards nearly 600,000 Delta residents and 20 percent of California’s population.

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California Ballot Measures are Where the Money will Be in November

From the Bay Area News Group:

“Insurance rate hikes, medical malpractice and water tunnels might not generate the kind of passionate water-cooler debate you’d find over marijuana, abortion and the death penalty.

“But this fall, California voters will be besieged by arguments about those weightier issues in the run-up to November’s general election.”

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