Bay Delta Conservation Plan

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan

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Build it now, fix it later?

Even after a decade of studies and tens of thousands of pages of analysis, no one can say precisely what Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels will do to the Delta.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma County Water Agency manager named head of California Department of Water Resources

Grant Davis, general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, was tapped Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown as the state’s new director for the Department of Water Resources, handing a veteran of North Bay politics and water policy a central role in Brown’s controversial bid to overhaul California’s water system with a $17 billion pair of tunnels under Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Q&A: Making sense of impact reports on California’s Delta tunnels

On June 23, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service declared that California’s plan to build two massive underground tunnels to transport water from the Delta to Southern California, known as California WaterFix, would not adversely impact the Delta’s already threatened fish species, such as the Delta smelt and Chinook salmon. While the service’s announcement was lauded by WaterFix proponents, environmental groups such as Restore the Delta and the Sierra Club are arguing against the finding and vowing to continue to fight the project in court.

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Congressman McNerney presents bill as alternative to twin tunnels (with audio)

Congressman Jerry McNerney from Stockton presented a bill Monday as an alternative to the Twin Tunnels that will concentrate on ways to create new water.

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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Congressman McNerney outlines Delta tunnels alternative

[U.S. Rep. Jerry] McNerney’s bill comes at a crucial time, as various government agencies and water districts make a series of decisions this summer and fall about whether the $17 billion tunnels project should move forward.

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These farmers say they may not pay for Delta tunnels pushed by governor

The governor’s proposed Delta tunnels ran into a roomful of skeptics Monday – an influential group of San Joaquin Valley farmers who remain unconvinced the controversial project will deliver the water they need at a price they’re prepared to swallow.

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Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Opponents of California’s Delta tunnels project push alternative strategies

In June, two federal agencies gave their blessings to the controversial project to build two water conveyance tunnels under California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Environmental groups promptly sounded the alarm that the state’s so-named WaterFix project would not, as its backers claim, solve the matrix of problems plaguing the Delta and the people and creatures relying on it. … But if not WaterFix, then what?

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Q&A: Big decisions loom on ‘twin tunnels’ Delta water project (audio)

It could be California’s biggest water infrastructure project in two generations – a plan to build two massive, 35 mile-long tunnels deep beneath the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta. … To learn more about the latest developments we spoke with Alex Breitler, who covers water issues for the Stockton Record. 

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

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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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

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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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

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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