Bay Delta Conservation Plan

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Long road still ahead for California’s Delta tunnels plan

A decision by California’s largest water supplier on April 10 ended months of uncertainty over its role in the funding of California Water Fix, the state’s plan to build new water conveyance infrastructure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. … Financing is not the only issue that needs to be addressed. There is still a long list of regulatory and legal hurdles the project needs to clear.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Bay-Delta Tour is a don’t-miss opportunity to explore California’s vital water hub May 16-18

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the West Coast’s largest estuary and a vital hub in California’s complex water delivery system. It’s also a rich farming area, an important wetlands – and an ecologically troubled region.  On our Bay-Delta Tour, May 16-18, participants will hear from a diverse group of experts, including water managers, environmentalists, farmers, engineers and scientists who will offer different perspectives on the proposed tunnels project, efforts to revitalize the Delta, and risks that threaten its delicate ecological balance.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Delta tunnels aside, California’s approach on water is already ‘all of the above’

The Sacramento Bee’s editorial makes an important point about why California needs to embrace an “all-of-the-above” approach to a sustainable water future, resisting the impulse to focus entirely on Delta conveyance (“The Delta is dying. The planet is warming. Is California too focused on the tunnels?” Forum, April 6).

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: When it comes to the California Delta, none of Gov. Jerry Brown’s potential successors have tunnel vision

Gov. Jerry Brown scored big last week in his tenacious effort to build monstrous twin water tunnels in the California delta. But his legacy project could still collapse. No potential successor supports it. Brown will be termed out in January.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Southern California plans to spend $11 billion on the Delta tunnels. Who will end up paying?

When the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to finance the lion’s share of the delta tunnels project, some on the board called it a bold stroke of leadership. The delegations from Los Angeles and San Diego, however, called the move alarming, financially risky and irresponsible.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Reality check of California WaterFix model results in a critical flow year

In 2008 a group from the Center for Watershed Sciences (including this author [William Fleenor]), joined by an economist from the Public Policy Institute, published findings that suggested that an alternative conveyance for Sacramento River water might improve ecological conditions in the Delta and improve reliability for Delta water exports [1, 2]. The original 2013 draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) (DEIR/EIS) included several alternatives using tunnels for Delta conveyance [3]. 

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Editorial: Give us a chance to vote on the tunnels

Dino Cortopassi saw this coming in 2016, but too few voters believed him. The businessman, farmer and founder of Modesto’s Stanislaus Food Products, knew that Gov. Jerry Brown and the Metropolitan Water District would eventually try again to re-route the Sacramento River south to Southern California.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Keep fighting the Delta tunnels

Now there are three political battles — no tunnels, one tunnel or two tunnels to move water 35 miles around the delta and deliver it to the state water system pumps. Tunnels are sought to deliver better quality, i.e., less salty, water to cities and farms, and deliver water more reliably.

Aquafornia news Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Blog: Moving forward in the Delta, with shades of history

The path to modernizing the water system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is finally taking shape. In the last several months, there have been more zigs and zags than a basketball coach would dare to draw on a play chart. But nothing about the history of planning in the Delta or the challenges we face going forward suggested that this was ever going to be easy.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News/East Bay Times

Editorial: Stop the madness! Californians deserve Delta tunnel vote.

It’s time to stop the madness. California voters should demand the right to have a say on the future of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the lynchpin of the state’s water system.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Massive Delta tunnels project took a giant step forward — here’s what you need to know.

A powerful Southern California water agency voted Tuesday to cover two-thirds of the cost of building the controversial Delta tunnels, in one of the most significant California water actions in decades.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: The Delta tunnels plan is costly, risky and unfair to Los Angeles. It’s also the right thing to do.

In voting Tuesday to pay two-thirds of the cost of building two tunnels to divert river water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and direct it southward, the Southern California Metropolitan Water District’s board bought into a plan that’s costly, risky, uncertain and unfair. And it is taking its ratepayers with it, because they will have to shoulder the costs on their water bills.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Water agency approves $11 billion for California twin tunnels plan

California’s largest water agency on Tuesday approved a nearly $11 billion plan to help fund two enormous tunnels, breathing new life into Gov. Jerry Brown’s ambitious and controversial plan to remake the state’s water system.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California’s 2-tunnel Delta project back on track with SoCal water district’s vote

The largest water district in California agreed Tuesday to fork over nearly $11 billion to build two tunnels that will siphon water south from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a major boost for Gov. Jerry Brown’s pet project.

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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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

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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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

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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