Topic: Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Overview

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a process for obtaining long-term project permits for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta centering on the equal goals of conservation of species and helping to improve water supplies and delivery.

The BDCP aims to separate its water delivery system from Delta freshwater flows and restore thousands of acres of habitat, restore river flows to more natural patterns and address issues affecting the health of fish populations.

As part of the water conveyance, in 2013, California Gov. Jerry Brown also proposed constructing two $25 billion tunnels to divert Sacramento River water underneath the Delta and then deliver the water to the Central Valley and Southern California.

If approved, the BDCP would be implemented over the next 50 years and construction of the tunnels would not begin for another 10 to 15 years.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee/Water Deeply

‘These fish are in a bad way.’ How many more will die because of the Delta tunnels?

California’s ambitious plan to tunnel under the West’s largest estuary has always had two primary goals: to restore imperiled native fish and to improve water deliveries to farms and cities. An early analysis by federal wildlife agencies, however, indicates the project might make life worse for fish.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Early review of Delta tunnel project warns of risks to fish

California’s ambitious plan to tunnel under the West’s largest estuary has always had two primary goals: to restore imperiled native fish and to improve water deliveries to farms and cities. An early analysis by federal wildlife agencies, however, indicates the project might make life worse for fish.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta council gets an earful as advocates speak against tunnels

Delta advocates traveled to Sacramento en masse on Friday to protest revisions to a plan that they believe would favor Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

A ‘quick yes’ on Delta tunnels? Advocates concerned over new language

Proposed changes to a plan that is supposed to guide the Delta through the 21st century have advocates on red alert, as they worry that the new language locks in Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15 billion twin tunnels. The revised plan does not explicitly endorse the California Water Fix, as the tunnels proposal is formally known.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Flood control trumps tunnels

Californians are more likely to favor beefing up the state’s flood control infrastructure than building Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels, according to the latest poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

One year later, Erin Brockovich’s twin tunnels promise mostly empty

Erin Brockovich parachuted into Stockton one year ago to condemn the city’s use of a common method to treat the drinking water. But sitting on a stage before a raucous crowd of 1,200, in the heart of a region deeply opposed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed Delta tunnels, the celebrity activist won enthusiastic applause when she accepted a new challenge.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: With prudent budget crafting, Brown shows again that he’s the adult in the Capitol

It isn’t entirely true that [Gov. Jerry] Brown’s new $179.5-billion budget proposal ignores infrastructure. The state is moving toward helping to finance probable construction of a major reservoir called Sites in the Sacramento Valley. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Obama administration aids giant California water project

The outgoing Obama administration on Wednesday tried to nudge forward Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to build two giant north-south water tunnels for California.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta tunnels — Obama says full speed ahead on permits, reviews

Two weeks before President Barack Obama leaves office, his administration vowed to move full speed ahead on California’s controversial Delta tunnels project, calling it essential for the state’s water supply as well as its environment.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Environmental documents for replumbing California water system released (with audio)

California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration has released a 97,000 page environmental document on a plan to re-engineer the state’s water delivery system. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Jerry Brown’s controversial tunnel project moves forward

Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels to send Northern California water southward moved a step closer Thursday to final state and federal decisions, with the state’s release of a 90,000-page environmental review supporting the $15.7 billion project.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

‘On the brink’ of Delta tunnels

Saying that his Delta tunnels proposal has been subject to “more environmental review than any other project in the history of the world,” Gov. Jerry Brown and his administration on Thursday released 97,000 pages of final reports.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

With environmental review finalized, could construction on the Delta tunnels begin in 2018?

After years of planning, officials have finalized all 97,000 pages of environmental documents to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial plan to build two massive tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: State releases report on disputed twin tunnels water plan

It takes a while to get to the point, but an 80,000-page environmental opus released Thursday makes the case that Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15.7 billion twin tunnels project is the best way to fix California’s water woes.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Everyone is at odds over Gov. Brown’s Delta tunnels plan — here’s a compromise that could stop the fighting

When enemies are in face-to-face combat, they’re often blind to an obvious path to potential compromise. That’s certainly true of water warriors, who have been battling over California’s most valuable and limited resource since statehood. Fights don’t get any more ferocious than over water in this state.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California voters reject threat to governor’s megaprojects

California voters narrowly voted to reject a ballot initiative that could have threatened two of Gov. Jerry Brown’s megaprojects, the latest results showed Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Voters narrowly reject Proposition 53 and future votes on big infrastructure projects

Proposition 53, an effort that sought to force statewide votes to fund a major water project and the future of high-speed rail, failed in a late count of ballots Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Proposition 53 to restrict bonds for Delta tunnels fails

California voters have rejected Proposition 53, a November measure to limit the state’s use of revenue bonds to pay for large public works projects that could have undermined Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tunnels spawn algae worries

The governor’s proposed Delta tunnels could worsen toxic algae blooms like the one that stunk up Stockton’s downtown waterfront this year, according to testimony last week from an expert offered by San Joaquin County.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Twin tunnels: City of Stockton warns of harm to drinking water

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels could harm the quality of Stockton’s drinking water to the extent that water rates would need to be doubled or tripled, a city official testified on Thursday. … [Bob] Granberg’s brief testimony on Thursday came as the state board holds extensive hearings to determine if any water users with legal rights — including Stockton — would be harmed by the operation of the tunnels.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta tunnels — A steady trickle of progress

California Water Fix faces one less obstacle, following voters’ rejection of Proposition 53, which would have required a statewide vote for any state project financed by more than $2 billion in revenue bonds. It’s unclear how a Donald Trump presidency will impact the twin tunnels. 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Cortopassi not about to give up on Proposition 53

Stockton native Dino Cortopassi refused to concede on Wednesday, holding onto hope that vote-by-mail and provisional ballots will give his Proposition 53 a comeback win.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California measure on state mega-projects trailing slightly

A California ballot measure on funding state mega-projects that Gov. Jerry Brown had thrown his time and campaign money into defeating was trailing — but barely — in the vote count early Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Cortopassi measure behind by slim margin

Proposition 53, the brainchild of Stockton agricultural icon Dean Cortopassi, was trailing early Wednesday morning, the closest of all the propositions on the ballot.

Aquafornia news Politico

Gov. Brown presses hard to stop Proposition 53 as supporter cries foul

Gov. Jerry Brown has been appearing on the air and on the campaign trail all over California to defeat one of the state’s most hotly contested ballot measures — Proposition 53. It would require voter approval on expensive infrastructure projects that are considered linchpins in Brown’s legacy, including high-speed rail and the Delta water tunnels, a plan to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to Southern California.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Cortopassi’s race nears finish line as showdown with Gov. Brown draws big bucks

Under certain circumstances, Proposition 53 would require a public vote on very expensive bond-funded projects — including, potentially, high-speed rail and the Delta tunnels.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Gov. Jerry Brown slams Prop 53, omits analysis on mega-project measure (with video/audio)

Gov. Jerry Brown is no fan of California’s Proposition 53. The measure would require the state to place a public works project of $2 billion or more up for a statewide vote before using revenue bonds to pay for it.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

This man is bankrolling a California ballot measure to force voter approval on big bonds

[Dean] Cortopassi insists that no particular public works project inspired Proposition 53 but admits he thinks two particular proposals should have a statewide vote if they end up relying on big revenue bonds: California’s plans to build a high-speed train system and the sweeping proposal to build twin underground tunnels to transport water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Jerry Brown, allies spend millions to kill measure that could doom high speed rail, Delta tunnels projects

With less than three weeks until Election Day, Gov. Jerry Brown and his political allies are suddenly pumping money into the campaign to defeat Proposition 53, a previously low-profile measure that could be the death knell of Brown’s high-speed rail and Delta tunnels projects.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Proposition 53 aims to give voters say on big projects (with audio)

The measure is about revenue bonds, but its outcome at the polls could throw a roadblock in front of the state’s plans to build a high-speed rail system or its biggest water project in decades. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Angry words over unanswered questions on California tunnels

Tensions over unanswered questions on how California’s largest water district might help pay for two proposed giant water tunnels boiled over into cursing at a meeting of the water district’s board members.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Prop 53 would give California voters bigger say on mega-projects

A proposition that a prosperous farmer brought to the California ballot would threaten two ambitious water and rail projects that Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing, requiring voters’ OK before launching any state building project requiring $2 billion or more in revenue bonds.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Study: Delta tunnel plan would require federal funding (with audio)

California Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to carry water across the state is only economically feasible if the federal government pays for nearly a third of it, according to a previously unreleased economic analysis.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California water tunnels would need US funding, analyst says

Giant tunnels that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to build to haul water across California are economically feasible only if the federal government bears a third of the nearly $16 billion cost because local water districts may not benefit as expected, according to an analysis that the state commissioned last year but never released.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: What you need to know about California’s $17 billion water project

Water, or the lack of it, has emerged as one of the greatest sources of stress for California, its people and its native species. … But state officials have proposed a solution – a massive hydroengineering project dubbed California WaterFix. Its two giant tunnels will divert water from the Sacramento River toward Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and farms in the San Joaquin Valley.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Report: Delta tunnels fail financially

The costs of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed Delta tunnels vastly outweigh the benefits of building them, according to an analysis released Wednesday by University of the Pacific economist Jeff Michael.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta tunnels don’t pencil out, UOP economist says

A prominent Sacramento-area economist says Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15.5 billion plan to overhaul the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta doesn’t make financial sense, with costs far outweighing the benefits.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: New questions over California water project

Critics and a state lawmaker say they want more explanations on who’s paying for a proposed $16 billion water project backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, after a leading California water district said Brown’s administration was offering government funding to finish the planning for the two giant water tunnels.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Legislators agree to audit of $15 billion Delta tunnels project

Calling for more scrutiny of one of the largest proposed infrastructure projects in California history, legislators from up and down the state on Wednesday approved a financial audit of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15 billion Delta tunnels.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Legislators approve audit of Gov. Jerry Brown’s water tunnel plan

The political conflict over Gov. Jerry Brown’s high-priority plan to place twin water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta moved to a new venue Wednesday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California unveils environmental blueprint for Delta tunnels

California officials Tuesday released a detailed environmental blueprint for Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta tunnels project, saying the $15.5 billion plan “minimizes potential effects” on endangered fish species whose populations have dwindled following decades of water pumping.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Twin tunnels hearing: Diverse voices in latest fight over Delta ‘fix’

The first day of a months-long hearing that could determine the fate of the controversial twin tunnels provided no answers on Tuesday — nor was it expected to.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal, state leaders pitch for California water tunnels

Representatives of California Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration began making their pitch for approval Tuesday to build a pair of massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Dissent brews over governor’s $16 billion water project

By the time the Sacramento River winds its more-than-400-mile course from the slopes of Mount Shasta past the state capital, it’s well into its leisurely stride, running slowly by fields of sweet corn, tomatoes and alfalfa. But this lazy stretch of river, just south of Sacramento, is a metaphorical whitewater.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Remedy, or boondoggle? Hearings launch on Delta tunnels proposal

Marking the first full-scale public examination of the [California WaterFix] proposal, the hearings before the State Water Resources Control Board are focused on a comparatively narrow issue: whether California’s giant water-delivery projects should be allowed to carve three new intake points in the north Delta to pull water from the Sacramento River and feed into the proposed tunnels.

Aquafornia news KQED

About that $17 billion water project: Delta Tunnels 101

This week, Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial water project is back in the public eye. State officials are launching a marathon series of hearings for the “twin tunnels,” as they’re known, that will ultimately decide the fate of the project.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Twin tunnels: A matter of trust

When testimony begins Tuesday in a months-long hearing that could decide the fate of the $15 billion Delta water tunnels, amid all the acronyms and complexities and water-wonk jargon there will be a simple, consistent theme: Trust. Or lack thereof.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Will the Delta tunnels get built? Plan enters critical make-or-break phase

Still swirling in controversy, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $15.5 billion re-engineering of the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is heading into a critical phase over the next year that could well decide if the project comes to fruition. Crunch time starts Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California Supreme Court denies push for payment during tunnel tests

California officials don’t have to pay property owners to access their land to conduct preliminary testing before deciding whether to move forward with a $15.7 billion plan to build two giant water tunnels to supply drinking water for cities and irrigation for farmers, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday. … Officials promoting the tunnels will present plans to state water regulators in hearings starting Tuesday. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

State Supreme Court rules in state’s favor on Delta property rights

In a win for the state, the California Supreme Court declared Thursday that the state has the right to go on private property for soil and environmental testing as part of a plan to divert fresh water under or around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on its way to Central and Southern California.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California’s top court rules in favor of Gov. Brown’s water project

The California Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for state water authorities to do environmental and geological testing on private land for a proposed project to divert Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water to the south.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Court ruling could boost cost of California water project

The California Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling Thursday that could add millions of dollars to the cost of the governor’s $15.7 billion plan to build two giant water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Los Angeles water district buys Delta islands

A Southern California agency that provides drinking water for 19 million people officially became a substantial Delta landowner for the first time Monday after escrow closed on its $175 million purchase of several large islands.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Southern California water district obtains Delta islands

Four islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and a chunk of a fifth are now officially the property of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, district officials announced Monday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Southern California water agency completes Delta islands purchase

A portion of the Delta is now owned by a powerful water agency from Los Angeles.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Brown calls on Bruce Babbitt, as time runs short for water fix

Working from a bland, windowless office on the 13th floor of the Resources Building, one of California’s newest state employees focuses on the one issue from which all else flows, water. Bruce Babbitt has signed on to help Jerry Brown fix what the governor calls the California WaterFix.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sale of Delta islands on hold – again

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s $175 million purchase of five islands in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is on hold again.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta islands sale blocked by court order again

The sale of four Delta islands to Southern California’s largest water district was put back on hold Friday by an appeals court as Northern California opponents plan to take their case to the state Supreme Court.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Ballot measure threatens bullet train, Delta tunnels

Two of Gov. Jerry Brown’s favorite projects — building a high-speed rail system and a pair of massive tunnels under the Delta — face a serious threat if California voters pass a measure heading for the November ballot.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Delta plan ruled invalid

A long-sought plan to restore the Delta’s ailing environment and bolster the reliability of its water supplies was declared invalid by a judge Friday, possibly throwing another wrench in the governor’s plan for water tunnels through the region.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Judge calls Delta plan ‘invalid’

A judge clarified late Thursday that a sweeping 21st century plan for the Delta is “invalid,” a decision applauded by Delta advocates who had argued the plan didn’t go far enough to protect the fragile estuary from massive water exports.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Judge invalidates long-fought Delta management plan

In a decision that could delay or complicate Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two huge tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a comprehensive management plan for the estuary is no longer valid. … State officials say they plan to appeal.

Aquafornia news Bay Area Indymedia

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Sacramento judge rules Delta Plan is ‘invalid’

Judge Michael Kenny of the Sacramento Superior Court today ruled that the Delta Plan is “invalid” after a successful legal challenge by multiple Delta parties who argued that the controversial plan is not protective of the water quality or the fish species that depend on fresh water flows for their survival.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Delta tunnels won’t take northern California’s water, say officials

Will Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels divert water to southern California that belongs to northern Californians? … Months of contentious public hearings start July 27.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

High-stakes battle in 3rd Senate District

In California’s 3rd Senate District, two colors stand out: blue and green. Blue for water, green for money. … The Brown administration’s plan to build tunnels in the delta to carry northern water south is the single most controversial issue in the district.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California officials say Delta tunnels won’t harm north state water users

With months of contentious hearings ahead this summer, state and federal officials this week filed documents laying out their case that construction of two huge tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta would not harm north state water users.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Effort to force vote on twin tunnels stalls

Assemblywoman Susan Eggman’s bill to force a public vote on the Delta twin tunnels has stalled in the state Legislature, her office reported Friday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Judge upholds major provisions of complex Delta management plan

A judge has upheld major provisions of a state plan that lays out a long-term strategy for managing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, rejecting most complaints included in a cluster of long-standing lawsuits.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Judge finds fault with ‘Delta Plan’

A plan that was supposed to serve as a comprehensive roadmap for the Delta through the year 2100 now must be partially rewritten, after a judge this week ruled on complaints stemming from no fewer than seven lawsuits.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Kamala Harris, silent on dams, says she would protect species law

U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris said Tuesday that she would not support efforts to weaken the federal law governing endangered species, breaking with fellow Democrat and rival Loretta Sanchez, who has said she would be open to amendments to help address the state’s protracted drought.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California water board denies bias claims in Delta tunnels dispute

Two members of the state board that will play a crucial role in the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta rebuffed demands from a south state water agency that they disqualify themselves from upcoming hearings on the issue.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Pushing for tunnels vote: Eggman bill clears Assembly committee

Six years ago, a bill to force a public vote on the peripheral canal went before a state Assembly committee. It died there without a vote.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta tunnels bill mandating voter approval advances

A California Assembly committee on Tuesday moved to force a public vote on a controversial water conveyance project.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

You could vote on controversial Delta water tunnels plan in 2018

An Assembly committee gave its approval Tuesday to legislation that would require California voters approve of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15-billion water plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Delta tunnel critics put project to votes

For all the plaudits Gov. Jerry Brown gets from Democrats these days, there are still two big things dividing him from numerous members of his party: the Delta tunnels.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal government to probe state spending on Delta tunnels

The Interior Department’s inspector general has opened an investigation into possible funding irregularities involving the proposed delta tunnels, a $15 billion plan to dig giant twin pipes to siphon water directly from the Sacramento River and send it underground to farms and cities in the southern part of the state.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

A Delta tunnel project’s lofty ambitions have been scaled back

Only a close look at the Middle River revealed anything amiss in this part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Instead of flowing north toward San Francisco Bay, as nature intended, the Middle was headed south. 

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

East Bay water district’s Delta deal raises eyebrows among environmentalists

In a deal stirring up new waves about the governor’s twin water tunnels plan through the Delta, a water supplier for 500,000 Contra Costa County residents has dropped its protest against the project in exchange for a new source of higher-quality water from the Sacramento River.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Agencies seek two-month delay for Delta tunnels hearing

In response to dozens of pending protests, state and federal officials asked for a two-month delay in hearings that could decide the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial plan to build two massive tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels plan faces new hurdle — a leading taxpayers organization

In a development that casts significant doubt on whether Silicon Valley’s largest water district will help pay for Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels plan, a majority of Santa Clara Valley Water District board members now say they want to put the issue to a public vote.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

New dispute erupts over Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta tunnels project

A potentially major new fight has erupted over Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two huge tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and this time the protests are coming from a group of farmers that wants the tunnels built.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Things to know about California’s giant twin tunnels project

California is proposing its most ambitious water project in a half-century.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Decision time for California governor’s big water project

Promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown, the $15.7 billion project would run giant twin pipes, each four stories high, underground for 35 miles and eventually pull thousands of gallons of water a second from the stretch along the Sacramento River where [Russell] van Loben Sels farms to cities and farms to the south.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Bond jitters spread after Westlands investigation

Jitters over a federal investigation of Westlands Water District bled over into the proposed delta tunnel project Thursday as a bond rating agency placed a negative watch on a $29.8-million bond helping to fund the controversial water diversion plan.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Delta islands sold to big Southern Californian water agency

A giant water district for 19 million Southern Californians has approved the purchase of four Delta islands in a move arousing suspicions about its influence over the state’s water delivery system.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

MWD votes to buy 20,000 acres of island farmland in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The board of Southern California’s water importer voted Tuesday to buy 20,000 acres of farm islands in the heart of the state’s north-south plumbing system.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Southern California water agency moves to buy Delta islands

In a controversial move that could shake up California’s water community, Southern California’s most powerful water agency moved a giant step closer Tuesday to purchasing a cluster of islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Critics of Calif. revenue bond initiative warn of unintended consequences

The initiative, sponsored by wealthy Stockton-area farmer Dean Cortopassi, is widely seen as an attempt to derail the Brown Administration’s Delta Tunnel project, which would be funded by revenue bonds.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California bond vote measure takes a beating

Democratic legislators and officials, business and labor representatives, and water suppliers took turns Wednesday flailing a November ballot measure that would require voter approval of major state revenue bond issues.

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Editor’s Note: California’s Coast Only Part of the Picture

Jennifer Bowles Often times on my Facebook feed, someone will post a map of California sitting beside a huge ocean with the word, “Duh,” scrawled across the water. The idea that California can dig itself out of the drought simply by building desalination plants up and down the coast may, at first glance, seem like an obvious choice.

Aquafornia news Fox News

Critics of California water-tunnel project claim it’s government waste to save tiny smelt (with video)

The “WaterFix” Twin Tunnels project, championed by Gov. Jerry Brown but opposed by environmental groups and taxpayers alike, would bore 150 feet underground to the side of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Fact check: Gavin Newsom stretches impact of bond initiative

The immediate effect of the measure is the impact it could have on Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15.5 billion plan to build two tunnels to divert water southward under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Stockton water forum delivers mixed messages

Local water activists Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla and Bill Jennings spoke before [Bob] Bowcock and [Erin] Brockovich. Both suggested to the audience there are more significant issues facing Stockton and the region than chloramines, most notably the proposed Twin Tunnels project in the Delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California almonds, partly blamed for water shortage, now dropping in price

The decline also could influence whether farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will agree to help pay for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels, the $15.5 billion plan to re-engineer the fragile estuary with the goal of improving reliability of water deliveries to Southern California cities and farms.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

State regulators consider Delta tunnels plan

Opponents and supporters were at a California Water Resources Control Board meeting Thursday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California starts decisive year on governor’s water tunnels

State regulators launched Thursday into a year of pivotal decisions on Gov. Jerry Brown’s quest to build two giant tunnels to ferry water from Northern California for Central and Southern California, a $17-billion project that would be one of the largest in decades in the state.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Silicon Valley leaders express skepticism of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels plan

Three of Gov. Jerry Brown’s top water lieutenants came to Silicon Valley on Tuesday to make the case for his $17 billion plan to build two huge tunnels under the Delta to more easily move water from north to south.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Lawmakers want to put Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels plan before voters

Lawmakers representing the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta, the heart of California’s water system, have introduced a bill that would make Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial twin tunnels project subject to statewide voter approval.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Lawmaker pushes for public vote on any Delta water project

In a largely symbolic show of opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta water project, a Stockton lawmaker said Friday she is introducing legislation to require public approval of such plans.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Another step toward the twin tunnels

State officials on Friday announced a tentative agreement with water agencies on the design and construction of the $15 billion twin tunnels beneath the Delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown calls Delta water project ‘fundamental necessity’ (with video)

Facing uncertain financing and a ballot measure threatening his $15.5 billion Delta water plan, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday called the project a “fundamental necessity” and said he is confident “we’ll get it done.” 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Brown defends Delta tunnels as he rolls out tweaks to water plan

Gov. Jerry Brown warned Thursday that if his multibillion-dollar delta tunnels project fails to move forward, it would deal a “body blow” to California’s economy and prosperity.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Tunnels fight changes venue

A small state agency will soon begin the daunting process of deciding whether to change the water rights for the state and federal water projects, allowing them to divert some of their water from the Sacramento River and bypass the Delta for the first time.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Brown considers using his campaign war chest in 2016 initiative battles

Gov. Jerry Brown said he is preparing to wade into next year’s crowded field of ballot battles, which could include proposing a new effort on climate change or fighting off an initiative to restrict infrastructure projects.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown preparing to engage in 2016 ballot measure fight

Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he is considering placing a measure on the 2016 ballot, possibly related to climate change, or engaging in an effort to defeat a threat to his Delta water project.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Gov. Jerry Brown on climate change, ballot initiatives (with audio)

The governor sat down with Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler before leaving for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France. … [Gov. Jerry] Brown also declined to say if he’ll use his $20 million dollar campaign war chest to oppose a different initiative that would block his proposed Delta tunnels project.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: What’s behind a bid to shift dollars from the bullet train to water projects

Grab billions from Gov. Jerry Brown’s bullet train project and spend it on generating more water. Build some dams. Many Californians have been shouting for that.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Ballot measures aim to cut funding for Delta tunnels, high-speed rail

Gov. Jerry Brown could have a huge battle on his hands next year against ballot-measure proponents asking voters to essentially kill his two most-beloved public works projects — the bullet train and his proposed twin water tunnels under the Delta.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Metropolitan Water District will try to buy Delta islands for water storage, habitat purposes

The board of the Southland’s water importer Tuesday voted to pursue the purchase of four farm islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the ecologically troubled center of California’s sprawling water system.

Aquafornia news Reuters

Southern California water agency moves to buy river Delta islands

Southern California’s biggest drinking water supplier will seek an option to buy 20,000 acres of river delta farm land east of San Francisco, a deal that could benefit a controversial tunnel project to carry Northern California water southward, the agency said on Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Jerry Brown’s tunnels meet flurry of criticism, but will it matter?

Gov. Jerry Brown’s response to the latest volley of opposition to his plan to divert water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta lacked the cheekiness he exhibited in May, when he playfully told his critics to “shut up.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Brown gets touchy over criticism of water tunnel plan

Gov. Jerry Brown has been getting quite cranky lately when anyone belittles a pet project, especially his proposed water tunnels.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Measure that imperils Delta tunnels plan qualifies for 2016 ballot

A constitutional amendment that would erect a significant political hurdle for Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans to build twin tunnels to carry water south around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is poised to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Southern California water agencies push forward on Delta land purchase

With the future of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta approaching a critical stage, a group of Southern California water agencies is working to buy four Delta islands, a move that has drawn accusations that the parcels could be used to orchestrate a south-state water grab.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Ballot measure is new obstacle to diverting water to Southern California

Californians will act on a ballot measure next year that would require voter approval of many large public works projects, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin-tunnel plan to divert water south around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Thousands comment on tunnels plan

As water wonks across the state hustled to beat a Friday deadline to file formal comment letters on the proposed twin tunnels, Gov. Jerry Brown offered a brief comment of his own, calling opponents’ arguments “false” and “shameful.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Delta tunnels plan draws protest

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, addressed reporters Friday on the steps of the state Capitol, speaking in opposition to a plan pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown to build a pair of massive tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

New Delta tunnel plan spurs familiar criticisms

Republicans fight taxes, business groups fight labor, and Delta lawmakers fight the tunnels. … Backers, meanwhile, are marshaling a big show of support for a project rebranded as the “California Water Fix,” …

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Opponents expect 30,000 comments against Delta tunnel plan (with audio)

California officials expect an earful from opponents of the Bay Delta tunnel plan, as the public comment period comes to a close Friday.

Aquafornia news East Bay Express

Commentary: Damning California’s future

Few places in California are more remote from urban life than Round Valley, but the watershed and [Richard] Wilson are central to understanding why Governor Jerry Brown and other powerful interests are avidly pursuing several multibillion-dollar dam projects and two massive water tunnels that are strikingly similar to plans laid out in economic and engineering charts in California in the early-1950s.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

San Joaquin County remains opposed to ‘Water Fix’

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 on Tuesday to adopt a resolution affirming the county’s opposition to the BDCP [Bay Delta Conservation Plan]/Water Fix, as well as to approve the county’s comments on a revised draft environmental impact report and supplemental environmental impact statement.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Scientists question twin tunnels report

An independent team of scientists renewed its criticism of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan this week, saying that the massive documents justifying the project are “incomplete and opaque.”

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Comments urged on twin tunnels plan

Delta advocates urged the faithful on Monday to write letters to state officials before Oct. 30, when the window of opportunity to formally comment on Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels proposal is expected to close.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Twin tunnels permit sought

State officials applied this week for the latest in a series of permits they need to build the twin tunnels beneath the Delta, another indication of their intent to move forward with the $15 billion plan.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Another hurdle for twin tunnels

Operators of California’s giant state and federal water projects are formally asking for permission to take at least some of their water before it reaches the Delta, setting up another bureaucratic hurdle that must be cleared if Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels are ever to be built.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California, US seek permits for giant water tunnels project

Federal and California agencies have filed some of the first permit applications for a proposed project involving the construction of twin 30-mile tunnels to help carry water from the northern to southern and central regions of the state, officials said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Thinking outside the pipe

Last month, U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney ripped the governor’s twin tunnels plan, calling it “misguided” and wasteful. … “But I can’t just say ‘No,’ ” McNerney said Tuesday after hosting a drought forum at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center in south Stockton.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Records — California plans taking land for huge water tunnels

State contractors have readied plans to acquire as many as 300 farms in the California delta by eminent domain to make room for a pair of massive, still-unapproved water tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to documents obtained by opponents of the tunnels.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Price, risk weigh heavily on farmers who would draw from Delta water tunnels

Sometime over the next year or so, [Mike] Stearns and several thousand other farmers from Tracy to Bakersfield will decide the fate of a project that’s supposed to resuscitate their parched San Joaquin Valley farms while stabilizing the delivery of drinking water to 25 million Southern Californians.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Twin tunnels protesters decry ‘darkened forces of political control’

In a sterile hotel conference room filled with the conversation of consultants wearing dress shirts and ties, 31-year-old Jon Michelsen abruptly stood on a chair, lifted his guitar and began to sing about the “darkened forces of political control.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Cost of Delta tunnels doesn’t add up

After yet another revision, the governor’s plan to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta still makes no economic sense. A closer look at the three types of economic benefits claimed for the project to export water to Central Valley farms and Southern California cities shows why it can’t possibly justify its estimated $15 billion cost.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Environmental groups blast Delta twin-tunnels plan

The activists are challenging revised environmental impact documents released earlier this month as part of a controversial, $15.5 billion plan to build two massive tunnels in the north Delta to ship the water to pumping stations in the south. … Known formally as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration recently renamed the tunnels project the California WaterFix.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Brown’s new tunnels plan ratchets back habitat restoration

The latest version of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels ferrying water across California locks in just 15,600 acres for habitat restoration, one-sixth of that committed under Brown’s original tunnels proposal, state officials confirmed Monday.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tunnels plan pushes forward

Construction on Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels could begin in 2018, though a top state official said Monday that it remains unclear how much water the tunnels would convey to justify their $15 billion cost.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Ballot measure threatens California water tunnels plan

Amid long-standing controversy surrounding Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south, one advantage the project appeared to hold was that Brown could forge ahead without a public vote.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California unveils revised blueprint for Delta tunnels

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration took a significant step toward building a pair of water tunnels through the Delta on Thursday, unveiling the fine print on a redesign that state officials say would reduce impacts on the landscape, improve conditions for endangered fish and enhance water supplies for millions of Southern Californians.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Will local water projects lose out to Brown’s tunnel vision?

San Diego water officials have some cogent questions for Gov. Jerry Brown. First, about those costly, monster tunnels he wants to dig under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta: Wouldn’t it be smarter to use that money — at least a good chunk of it — to build local water projects?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Governor has two big wishes

Giant machines will be eating their way beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, boring the twin tunnels that would close a gap in the State Water Plan that his father launched nearly 60 years earlier.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Brown says fixing Delta water system important for entire state

Gov. Jerry Brown called on California to support a plan to transform the heart of one of the state’s most important water systems, saying failure to take action on the delta could risk disaster for not only Southern California but the San Francisco Bay Area as well.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Brown’s water quest taps forebears’ inspiration, if not their flexibility

If his dad [former Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown] more than half a century ago could lead California into building a world-class water project over fierce northern opposition and southern apathy, the son [Gov. Jerry Brown] believes, certainly he can complete that troubled system with the delta tunnels. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary by Rep. John Garamendi: Water solution for California — ‘Little Sip, Big Gulp’

Don’t be fooled. The dreaded twin tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta did not die.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Brown makes case for tunnels project to business, civic leaders

Calling it a “challenge we have to respond to,” Gov. Jerry Brown told hundreds of business owners and others Thursday that the state needs to push forward with his administration’s plans for two water diversion tunnels to protect its economy.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Time to stop the tunnel vision

That the Delta, where the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers meet the San Francisco Bay, is only vaguely understood in the state’s main population centers makes it easier to confuse people about the Delta’s value to the whole state and about the greatest threats to its future.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: A million hours and still not shovel-ready

Gov. Jerry Brown says critics of his water tunnel plan who haven’t spent 1 million hours studying it — as his administration has — should just shut up. Well, that bait is too tempting to resist.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Prepare for a deluge as Delta begins boiling over

Join the conversation: Why should the plan to build twin tunnels to transfer water from the Sacramento River to south of the Delta be put to a popular vote? … Wearing a sweater and no tie, the governor was at ease among the 1,000 or so Association of California Water Agencies conventioneers at the Sheraton last week as he gave one of his most direct pitches yet for his Delta plan.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Brown defends Delta tunnels project, agriculture industry (with audio)

California Gov. Jerry Brown says opponents of his Delta water tunnel proposal should just “shut up.” He spoke to the Association of California Water Agencies in Sacramento Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: If not this California Delta plan, then what?

In years of average rainfall, when pumps at the south end of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta lift water to two parallel aqueducts to begin the journey to Central Valley fields and Southern California households, the suction reverses the flow of the San Joaquin River, one of the state’s two main freshwater arteries.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Brown: Water woes have deep roots

Gov. Jerry Brown went back to the future Wednesday, saying water problems have confronted him, his father’s governorship and their predecessors as they sought ways to get northern water to the south.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown to water tunnels critics: ‘Shut up’

Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that critics of his twin tunnels water diversion plan should “shut up” until they spend more time studying it, defending the project and strict water conservation rules as California grapples with a fourth year of drought.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Gov. Brown’s revised water project heavily criticized (with audio)

Governor Brown sold his plan to build two tunnels in the Delta with the promise that habitat would be restored.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Environmentalists criticize changes to California Delta plan

Environmentalists on Thursday criticized a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to dramatically scale back wildlife habitat restoration involved in a massive tunnel project intended to channel fresh water around California’s delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown’s revised water tunnels plan adds political problems

For years, Gov. Jerry Brown used the promise of habitat restoration to broaden the appeal of his plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Giant tunnels planned for delta ‘must move forward,’ Brown says

As the hub of California’s sprawling water system, the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta has been the focus of the state’s water fights for decades.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: New $17 billion Delta tunnels plan with less environmental restoration unveiled by Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday unveiled a new version of his besieged plan to build massive tunnels under the Delta, this time significantly reducing the project’s environmental restoration work.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California cuts habitat fix for Delta project

California officials have dramatically scaled back the habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions of people.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown set to unveil scaled-back Delta conservation plan

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to announce Thursday that the state is substantially trimming the amount of fish and wildlife habitat it plans to restore in connection with a controversial project to replumb the heart of California’s water system.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Activists decry plan to cut habitat aid from delta tunnel project

Environmental groups Monday blasted a proposal by the state to jettison the habitat restoration portion of the massive delta water tunnel project as an ill-conceived “bait and switch” that will only make California’s water woes worse.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Jerry Brown needs new water strategy — no tunnels

California needs Gov. Jerry Brown’s leadership to deal with the worst drought in state history. The state has to reset its water priorities to match both current and worst-case long-term needs. But Brown can’t make that happen as long as he clings to his $25 billion, twin-tunnel proposal to carry Delta water south.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Brown shouldn’t leave eco goals out of new Delta plan

As Gov. Jerry Brown tries to salvage the $25 billion project to build twin tunnels through the Delta, he should keep in mind that it won’t be acceptable to give up its environmental goals.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Brown confirms change in water tunnels plan (with video)

Gov. Jerry Brown confirmed Saturday that his administration has changed its permitting approach for his controversial plan to build a pair of massive tunnels to divert water around the Delta to the south.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta tunnels — Major changes to environmental restoration could endanger Brown’s water plan

Gov. Jerry Brown has billed his $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Delta as a way to not just make it easier to move water from north to south, but also increase the reliability of water supplies and bring back salmon and other endangered species.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: $25-billion Sacramento-San Joaquin delta tunnel project reexamined

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is overhauling its proposal for a controversial tunnel project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta in the wake of doubts about whether water exporters can meet stringent federal conditions for operating the system over a 50-year period.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Drought will prove a formidable opponent in Brown’s final term

Even while [Gov. Jerry] Brown faces the short-term consequences of the drought — including the potential for budget-draining wildfires and decreased agricultural production — he is pursuing long-term projects that he says will strengthen California’s highly engineered water systems.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Delta decisions must be made in the open

[The Delta Counties] Coalition leaders have met with policymakers, local governments, and water and environmental stakeholders to discuss alternatives to building a taxpayer-funded, multibillion-dollar twin tunnels project that has been negotiated without broad input, violates state and federal environmental law, and won’t deliver a single drop of new water. As a result, we have developed a statewide solution that genuinely meets the criteria of the 2009 law that established co-equal goals of water supply reliability and restoring the Delta ecosystem.

Aquafornia news Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Blog: What does California’s drought mean for proposed Bay-Delta tunnels?

The drought has been a proverbial punch in the mouth, and the drought – and California’s response to it – raise important questions about the viability and wisdom of the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). So what does that punch in the mouth (drought) mean for BDCP?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: We deserve to hear both sides of debate on Delta tunnels

In December 2013, state and federal agencies released 40,000 pages of consultant-prepared analysis and advocacy for the Delta tunnels as part of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. … Since the federal and state BDCP agencies are not airing both sides of the issue, Friends of the River is now doing the government’s job of informing the public. 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Group obtains, posts Twin Tunnels comments

Claiming it is “doing the government’s job,” an environmental group this week finished posting online nearly 1,000 of the most complex public comments received last year on Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build Twin Tunnels beneath the Delta.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

DWR head tells Chico water crowd to stay focused

“Whether we like it or not, our world is changing,” said Mark Cowin, director of the Department of Water Resources, who was in Chico Friday for the annual meeting of Northern California Water Association.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Blog: Brown earns mostly praise in Field Poll

Big projects like the High-Speed Rail and delta tunnels may have contributed to some voter criticism.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Field Poll — Jerry Brown riding high, but not his big projects

The poll comes as [Gov. Jerry] Brown, starting his fourth and final term, pursues two controversial infrastructure projects: construction of a $68 billion high-speed rail system and a pair of massive tunnels to divert water around the Delta to the south.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: Delta tunnels — High cost to Santa Clara Valley but no more water

Californians for Water Security, despite talking a good game on social media about fixing California’s aging water infrastructure, is actually supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s $60-plus billion Delta tunnels project.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: On train, tunnel, Newsom would change course from Brown

The two Democrats see eye-to-eye on many things, but not on the train or the tunnels.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Commentary: Brown’s tunnel vision could sink taxpayers

In his fourth and final term, Gov. Jerry Brown intends to start drilling two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Estimated cost: $25 billion.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: Delta plan — New coalition supports the governor’s twin tunnels

As part of the newly formed Californians for Water Security, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group has joined a coalition of farmers, businesses and labor, environmental and water leaders to support the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Gov. Jerry Brown’s bold strategy to fix the state’s deteriorating water distribution system.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

LAO report looks at state’s goals in Delta

The report, “Achieving State Goals for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,” examines past initiatives to address Delta problems, including the peripheral canal proposed in the 1980s and the CALFED Bay-Delta Program created in 1994. It also looks at current efforts such as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: ‘Substantial’ ad campaign for twin tunnels

A group calling itself Californians for Water Security launched a public relations campaign today in support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels project.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: The forecast: Blowing hot? Cold? Only Gov. Brown knows

Throughout Gov. Jerry Brown’s record-length political career, we’ve never known quite what to expect. What’s real and what’s not? … Brown is determined to re-plumb the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a tough task politically that he attempted three decades ago until stopped by voters. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Revised plan for Delta tunnels is still a bad idea

As the state agency serving as the “Voice of the Delta,” the Delta Protection Commission has been a skeptic of the governor’s proposed plan to build two 30-mile-long, 40-foot-wide tunnels to divert Sacramento River water from locations near Clarksburg and Hood to the water export pumps in the south Delta.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Editorial: For California’s Gov. Brown, balance won’t be easy to keep

The most welcome words in Gov. Jerry Brown’s combined inaugural and State of the State speech Monday morning came at the beginning and the end, in which Brown urged caution with California’s “precariously” balanced budget, saying lawmakers must “build for the future, not steal from it.”

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California governor toughens climate-change goals

As he was sworn in for a record fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown charted an ambitious new goal on Monday for California in its fight against climate change, challenging the nation’s most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the next 15 years. … Brown spoke of the state’s need to address long-term water issues …

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Tough budget choices await Jerry Brown and Legislature

Jerry Brown takes his fourth and final oath of office as California governor on Monday, and members of the Assembly and state Senate, having been sworn in last month, are gearing up for Brown’s 13th state budget proposal. … The tunnels project, in fact, links three eras of California …

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Delta tunnels in best environmental and economic interest of California

Former state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg recently noted the Legislature’s success in producing much needed groundwater legislation and the water bond, which was heartily endorsed by voters throughout the state last November. … Finding a solution to the problems of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will likewise require a statewide perspective and willingness to compromise.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Jerry Brown looks to carry on his family’s legacy building California

[Gov. Jerry] Brown is focused, at least in part, on endeavors that would outlast him: a bullet train linking the Bay Area with Los Angeles, a proposal for twin tunnels to move water around the state, bolder efforts to battle climate change. He ties these forward-looking projects to the pioneering drive that led his ancestors to California.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Water agencies and Restore the Delta react to Bay Delta Conservation Plan revisions

Last Friday, the California Natural Resources Agency announced changes to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, most notably the elimination of the pumping plants and instead, using a gravity flow diversion. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Pumps dropped from Delta water tunnel plan

The massive water diversion tunnels proposed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have undergone another major design change aimed at appeasing local residents: The three intakes planned on the Sacramento River will no longer require pumps.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: State Water Project contract negotiations set to begin over proposed BDCP amendments

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today [Nov. 24] it will begin negotiations with State Water Project (SWP) Contractors in December on proposed amendments that would modify SWP water supply contracts.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tunnels report carries caveats

The cost of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels generally falls within water users’ ability to pay, according to a new analysis that is nevertheless riddled with caveats and warnings.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Customers would pay for water tunnels

A huge conservation project that includes building two massive tunnels to carry water to California farms and communities can only be funded if local water agencies agree to make fixed payments — even during dry periods when deliveries are reduced, state officials said Friday.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

Calif. officials release financing plan for twin tunnels (with video)

Customers of California’s proposed twin-tunnel water project would have to make billions of dollars in fixed payments each year, even during dry periods when water levels run low, state officials said Friday.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Metropolitan Water District, Restore the Delta, and the State Water Contractors react to release of BDCP financing report

There really wasn’t much of a reaction to the report on BDCP funding that was released on Friday. (You can read the press release here, and the media call transcript here.)

Aquafornia news Bay Delta Conservation Plan

News Release: California Treasurer’s Office releases report on BDCP affordability and financing

The California State Treasurer’s Office released The Bay Delta Conveyance Facility: Affordability and Financing Considerations, a study of affordability for the water facility construction proposed in the Public Review Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). This independent study, requested by the California Natural Resources Agency, was commissioned by the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (CDIAC), chaired by State Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Jerry Brown looks to solidify legacy with big state projects

Fresh off winning a historic fourth term as governor, Jerry Brown plans to push ahead with a pair of projects that could transform the California landscape: high-speed rail and delta water tunnels.

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