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. The first question anyone must ask about the future of the Delta is whether the voters will continue to subsidize the maintenance and improvement of the Delta levees, based on the public benefits the levees provide.
“Because the water supplies for two-thirds of California’s residents are currently pumped through the Delta, the maintenance of those levees as a protection against saltwater contamination from San Francisco Bay is a matter of vital importance to the state’s economy and the well being of most of the people who live here.”