“Despite the state’s 34,000-page draft environmental impact study, fundamental questions remain unanswered about the proposal to build two huge tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to points south.
“The basic financial framework, for example, remains unresolved.”
“The Brown administration released an environmental study on Monday of its $25 billion plan that includes two massive tunnels to move water from Northern California to other parts of the state. … We’ll discuss what’s in the proposal, which will undergo a four-month public comment period before being finalized.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Assembly Member Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento):
“Unlike the agreement we reached with the East Bay Municipal Utility District that served the interests of all parties, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the proposed enormous water export tunnels supported by the water contractors would give assured benefits to those who would take water out of the Delta while leaving Northern California and Delta parties with only uncertainty and risk.
“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.