Bay Delta Conservation Plan

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan

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Commentary: California Politicians, Interests Play ‘Economic Impact’ Game

From The Sacramento Bee in Dan Walters’ column:

“One of the games that politicians and interest groups play is called ‘economic impact.’ …

“We are seeing a lot of other ‘economic impact’ hype these days from sponsors of public and semi-public projects, such as the north-south bullet train, a twin tunnel water project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a football stadium in Los Angeles and new basketball arenas in Sacramento and San Francisco.” 

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Commentary: Resolutions for Better Politics in the New Year

From the Los Angeles Times, in the Capitol Journal column by George Skelton:

“So in the interest of bettering the species — and nothing personal — I offer some 2014 resolutions for Sacramento politicians. …

“Gov. Jerry Brown should resolve to: … Seriously rethink two potential behemoth boondoggles — the bullet train and delta tunnels — before the state gets in so deep it can’t escape.”

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Editorial: Become Informed About Our Vital Water Resources

From the [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat:

Members of the Appeal-Democrat’s editorial and reader advisor group were asked to write short essays about topics that are important to them. …

“Just a couple of weeks ago, more than a hundred Yuba-Sutter residents attended a town hall meeting focused on the future of water rights and infrastructure in California.

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Delta Tunnels Plan’s True Price Tag: As Much as $67 Billion

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“For more than a year, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has been describing his plan to build two massive water tunnels through the Delta as a $25 billion project. …

“But when factoring in long-term financing costs, the price tag actually ranges from $51 billion to $67 billion, according to new figures that emerged last month.”

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Commentary: California Needs a Comprehensive Water Plan – Not a $25 Billion Boondoggle

From the Lake County News, in a commentary by Congressman John Garamendi:

“California’s aging water infrastructure is insufficient for our present and future needs. Unfortunately, the current Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and its two massive tunnels is a destructive $25 billion boondoggle that won’t solve the problem.
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Commentary: Ensure Water Supply in ‘14 and Work Toward a Long-term Plan

From The Bakersfield Californian, in a commentary by state Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield:

“In 2009, I helped lead an effort in the Legislature to provide a plan for fixing California’s incredible water system. The result of this effort was a bipartisan plan for water supply reliability in the Central Valley and ecological restoration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
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Commentary: Gov. Brown’s Twin-Tunnel Project Undermines L.A.’s Water Future

From the Los Angeles Daily News, in a commentary by Conner Everts and Adam Scow:

“Los Angeles water ratepayers and taxpayers beware. We are facing the prospect of spending billions of dollars on a massive twin-tunnels project that could further degrade the San Francisco Bay-Delta, a source of L.A. drinking water.
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Commentary: A Serious Case of ‘Tunnel Vision’

From the Stockton Record, in a commentary by San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller:

“Last week, the Brown administration released the widely disputed environmental documents that attempt to legitimize the controversial and costly Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

“Farmers, homeowners, economists, water and ecological experts have been protesting for months about this ridiculously expensive project to dredge massive twin tunnels beneath the Delta to divert water to the south.

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Yolo County Leaders Fret Over Bypass Flooding Plan

From the Davis Enterprise:

“As state and federal officials gather input on the controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Yolo County’s leaders are answering loud and clear that they’re worried the plan will harm Yolo’s agricultural sector.

“The plan is to install three water intakes on the Sacramento River that feed an underground tunnel system carrying water to pumps in the south Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Blog: Part III — Future Delta

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog, in a post by Jerry Meral, deputy secretary, California Natural Resources Agency:

“This is the last of a three-part blog summarizing the evolution of public policy for Delta water supplies. Part I examined the original planning for the State Water Project. Part II discussed the impact of the controversy over the Peripheral Canal.

“There should be no question that public thinking about the Delta will continue to change in the future, given the lessons of the past.

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Blog: When in Drought, Corporate Agribusiness Attacks Bay-Delta Environmental Protections

From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff Switchboard blog, in a post by Doug Obegi:

“As California begins what appears to be a third consecutive dry year, corporate agribusinesses and politicians in the San Joaquin Valley have begun calling for the State and federal government to waive environmental rules governing the Bay-Delta estuary – the same environmental rules that not only protect salmon and other wildlife in the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas, but also protect thousands of fishing jobs and water quality for Delta farmers.

“Ironically,

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Blog: Part II — The Delta in Our Time

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog, in a post by Jerry Meral, deputy secretary, California Natural Resources Agency:

This is the second of a three-part blog summarizing the evolution of public policy for Delta water supplies. Part I examined the original planning for the State Water Project.
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Blog: Supes Sound Off on BDCP

From the Alex Breitler Environment blog, the Stockton Record:

“Supervisors from the Delta counties stopped by our office on Monday to talk about the governor’s twin tunnels plan.

“Among other issues, San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel said the counties asked the state if it could prepare a red-line version of the 34,000-page draft plan, which in theory would allow readers to understand what has been changed in the huge document since a previous draft came out earlier this year.”

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Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Fate Still Unclear for Nine Species in Delta Water Tunnel Plan

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The state’s ambitious plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has two main goals: improve water supplies and remove dozens of native animals from the endangered species list.
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Editorial: Huge Delta Plan Ignores Obvious

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“Our view: We can only hope the south state realizes there really isn’t enough water to make the expensive twin tunnels work.

“The latest documents are out on the plan to put a pair of huge tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and despite amounting to 34,000 pages, there’s darn little consideration of where the water is coming from.”

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Blog: Part I — The Delta – Origins of Controversy

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog, in a post by Jerry Meral, deputy secretary, California Natural Resources Agency:

“Californians have been debating the role of the Delta and the best way to move water to where it’s needed for nearly 70 years.
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Blog: ‘Too Thin to Plow, Too Thick to Pour’

From the Alex Breitler Environment blog, the Stockton Record:

“Stockton fisherman John Banks sends some colorful thoughts after attending last Friday’s anti-tunnels rally in Sacramento.”

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Editorial: It Still Doesn’t Float

From the Stockton Record:

“There’s more than a bit of irony that water policy in California often moves with the speed of a glacier. …

“Delays aren’t necessarily a bad thing if the end result could otherwise be something that’s not desirable.

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Top Water Official Linked to Tunnel Plans to Retire

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Jerry Meral, Gov. Jerry Brown’s top water official and a major figure in the controversial, $25 billion water project proposed by the governor, will retire at the end of the month, the Brown administration confirmed Saturday.”

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Editorial: Hard Truths About California’s Water Future

From the Los Angeles Times:

“At the heart of California’s vast and complex plumbing system, and the plan to re-engineer it with two tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, are two truths. The first is that failing to take any action at all will result in almost certain disaster.

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