“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.”
“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.
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Betty Jo Toccoli:
“After members of our [California Small Business Association] board of directors and I visited some of the state water system’s key facilities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – the heart of the state’s ongoing water crisis – we came away with a much better understanding of the need for long-term solutions.”
“Gov. Jerry Brown has pursued two multibillion-dollar water and high-speed rail projects so aggressively in recent months that it loomed conspicuously how carefully he stepped to avoid the projects in his biggest speech of the year.”
“Tom Reemts doesn’t see anything good coming from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The Churn Creek Bottom farmer went to the state Department of Water Resources’ informational open house on the plan today, but it didn’t change his mind. …
“Today’s event was one of a dozen throughout the state and was set up in an open house format.”
“Gov. Brown said today that California, facing an unprecedented drought, needs to “make investments in safe drinking water” and that “recycling, expanded storage and serious groundwater management must all be part of the mix.” But the governor did not endorse multibillion-dollar bond plans to build water infrastructure projects.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Joe Mathews:
“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its draft environmental impact documents, which detail proposals for restoring California’s most important estuary and creating a more reliable water supply for Southern California, are now available for public comment both online and in public open houses through April 14. Of course, the documents reportedly run to 34,000 pages …”
“At times, there were more government employees and consultants in the room than there were members of the public.
“Still, more than 100 citizens turned out in Stockton on Tuesday evening to ask questions – or, as some might put it, demand answers – of the experts who are writing Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial, $24.7 billion twin tunnels plan.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“Public Meetings for the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) begin today, January 15 in Fresno. As part of the 120-day public comment period ending April 14, 2014, the dozen public meetings throughout California will allow people to submit comments in open house format that includes informational exhibits and project team members on hand for one-on-one discussions from mid-January to mid-February.”