“A new future for the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was laid out for public review Monday in 34,000 sprawling pages of analysis associated with two giant water-diversion tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The question now for the public and policy makers: Is this the future they want?”
“The proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California has reached a significant milestone. The state has released the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for formal public review.”
“Find those reading glasses and take a comfy seat. Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration on Monday released more than 34,000 pages detailing his plan to divert water away from the Delta through two giant tunnels. …
“But the release of the documents does mean the public soon will have its first formal opportunity to comment on the $24.7 billion plan, which has been under development for seven years.”
“A $25-billion proposal to re-engineer the hub of California’s sprawling water system may not yield all the water that San Joaquin Valley farmers and Southland cities want, leaving open the question of whether the massive project will be built. …
“Totaling more than 30,000 pages, the drafts underscore the many uncertainties about a project that has been in the planning stages for years and is a centerpiece of Gov.
“California water officials on Monday released a draft of a $24.7 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in part by building two 30-mile underground tunnels to ensure stable water delivery to millions of Californians.”
“The public review Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) have been posted to www.BayDeltaConservationPlan.com in anticipation of the formal public review and comment period, which begins on Friday, December 13, 2013.
“The Draft BDCP Highlights brochure and Draft EIR/EIS Highlights brochure are also available.”
“The state of California and its federal partners have announced the release of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for formal public review. This is a significant milestone in the effort to restore ecosystem health and secure reliable water supplies for California.