Bay Delta Conservation Plan

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Aquafornia news [Nevada County] Union

Earth Day Event to Focus on Water Issues

From The [Nevada County] Union:

“The Placer County Water Agency, Sierra College and two major Sierra College student organizations are sponsoring a special forum on water issues.”

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Commentary: Living in the Delta Would Help Solve Two of Brown’s Problems

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Joe Mathews:

“When you’re faced with two different thorny problems, sometimes the best way to make progress is by combining them. I’m talking to you, Jerry Brown.” 

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Aquafornia news Atlantic

American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga

From The Atlantic:

“Hood, California, is a farming town of 200 souls, crammed up against a levee that protects it from the Sacramento River. … I’ve come here because this little patch of land is the key location in Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed $25 billion plan to fix California’s troubled water transport system.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

A Spotlight on Water — Earth Day Festival Focuses on Drought, Twin Tunnels Plan

From the Stockton Record:

“Months before Gov. Jerry Brown declared drought in California, organizers of Stockton’s annual Earth Day Festival were already planning a water-oriented theme for this year’s event. …

“As it turns out, they could not have chosen a more timely topic.” 

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Panel Finds Problems in State’s Twin Tunnels Plan

From the Stockton Record:

“A critical portion of the governor’s twin tunnels plan is hard to understand, overstates the benefits for fish and fails to make clear that much uncertainty remains over the outcome, an independent panel of experts has concluded.

“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, as the tunnels plan is formally known, has been scrutinized in a number of similar reviews since planning began in 2006.

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Editorial: Environmental News to Use

From the Stockton Record:

“Suffice to a say, a consistent, long-term solution to the water hyacinth problem is needed for the Delta area, including around Stockton. …

“The Third District Court of Appeal blocked any additional environmental surveys or drilling on private Delta lands. …

“The very nature of what will be decided in this [Delta levees] study is sure to rankle many.”

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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: State — Ruling Won’t Delay Tunnels

From the Stockton Record:

“State officials say last week’s court victory for Delta landowners will not delay Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin tunnels project.

“The ruling late Thursday from the state’s Third District Court of Appeal blocks any additional environmental surveys or drilling tests on private lands.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Landowners Celebrate Ruling on Delta Tunnels, But Delays Not Likely, State Says

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Property owners in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are celebrating a legal victory involving a controversial proposal to build two giant water diversion tunnels, though state officials say the ruling is unlikely to delay the project significantly.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Appeals Court Backs Landowners on Access for Delta Tunnel Tests

From the Los Angeles Times:

“A California appeals court has sided with landowners fighting the state over test drilling for a proposed water tunnel system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

“In a 2-1 decision, an appeals panel ruled Thursday that the state needed to go through the eminent domain process to gain access to private property on which it wanted to take soil samples and conduct environmental surveys.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Ruling a Blow to Twin Tunnels Plan

From the Stockton Record:

“The state may not access private lands in the Delta for studies related to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin tunnels project, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

“Such studies would first have to be authorized in formal eminent domain proceedings, the court found.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Appellate Court Ruling New Hurdle for Delta Tunnel Plans

From The Sacramento Bee:

“A state appellate court dropped a bomb late Thursday on the early stages of the state’s plan to divert fresh Northern California water under or around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on its way to Central and Southern California.”

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Dan Walters Column: Brown Must Show the Money for Two Big Projects

From The Sacramento Bee, in the Dan Walters column:

“[Gov.
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Garamendi Speaks Out Against Delta Plan

From the [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat:

“Any water bond measure that appears on California’s ballot in November should simply contain three measures to combat future droughts, Congressman John Garamendi said.”

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Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

BDCP Comment Period Extended 60 Days to June 13

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“The comment period for the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and its accompanying environmental documents has been extended 60 days by federal and state officials, allowing the public until June 13 to comment on the documents.

“’Keeping with our continued effort of transparency, additional time has been granted for review of the Draft BDCP documents facilitating greater public involvement,’ California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird said in release announcing the extension.

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Commentary: Delta Tunnels — Public Needs to Pay More Attention to Plan

From the San Jose Mercury News, in a commentary by Cathy R. Lazarus and Rita Norton:

“A consortium of state and federal agencies recently released the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and companion environmental documents for public review and comment. …

“So far there has been little public interest in the plan beyond a core group of stakeholders.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: California Water Contractors Get a Financial Jolt By Twin Tunnels Report

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Call it a deep reality check. In a severe drought year, with the comment period winding down on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin tunnels project to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency has issued a sobering report.”

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Video: Dan Walters — Jerry Brown Needs to Show Us the Money

From The Sacramento Bee Dan Walters Daily:

“No one has come up with the tens of billions of dollars needed to build the high-speed rail or the Delta water tunnels …”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Delta Tunnel Plan Cost Hammered at Hearing

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Pointing to cost overruns with California’s high-speed rail project, lawmakers on Wednesday pressed state officials on the funding sources and ultimate price tag for the governor’s water tunnel plan.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog

Blog: ‘I Would Encourage You to Get Up to Speed’

From the Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog:

“Some of the same old arguments, but also a few interesting exchanges between Delta-area legislators and the state administration today at a hearing regarding the cost of the proposed twin tunnels.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Playing Politics with California’s Drought

From the Los Angeles Times:

“California has a plan — the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan — that has brought together representatives of the competing interests who recognize that they must work together to sustain one another with limited supplies of water.

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