Bay Delta Conservation Plan

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Aquafornia news Voice of San Diego

Commentary: Officials scrambled to seal twin tunnels deal out of fear Newsom could kill it

Water officials and members of Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration rushed to seal the deal on a multibillion-dollar plan to build two tunnels to move water south from Northern California partly out of fear that Gavin Newsom could undo the whole plan if he becomes governor, newly released documents show. … The recent jockeying shows how desperate officials are to get something done before Brown leaves office and the project is dead for another generation. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Texts reveal political maneuvering ahead of MWD’s Delta tunnels vote

The days leading up to a key funding vote on the delta tunnels project were marked by intense politicking and head-counting by board members at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Why Southern California is calling for a do-over on its vote to bankroll the Delta tunnels

A historic vote on the Delta tunnels project is getting a do-over. Southern California’s powerful water agency — the Metropolitan Water District — said Thursday its board will vote again in July on whether to pay for the lion’s share of the project, known officially as California WaterFix.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Q&A: Persuading Delta Residents that Twin Tunnels Would Be Good

From The Sacramento Bee:

Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, offered The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board his view of California’s plumbing system last week.

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San Joaquin County Supervisors Still Against Twin Tunnels

From the Stockton Record:

San Joaquin County supervisors agreed Tuesday to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels project – for the second time – and to send nearly 100 pages of highly critical comments to state and federal officials. 

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: San Joaquin County Paints Grim Picture of Twin Tunnels’ Impact

From the Stockton Record:

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin tunnels “will effectively destroy the Delta as it exists today,” and will forever alter San Joaquin County’s economy, county officials warn in a new report.

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Commentary: 2 Tunnels Away from Being Next Owens Valley

From the Manteca Bulletin, in a commentary by Dennis Wyatt:

You can’t get much closer to the source of a large chunk of Los Angeles’ water than Sam Mack Meadow at 11,040 feet just over a mile from the Palisade Glacier – the largest in the Sierra.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: State Supreme Court to Rule in Delta Property-rights Case

From The Sacramento Bee:

The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide an epic battle over whether the state must condemn and acquire parcels on tens of thousands of acres of private property to conduct preliminary testing for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to construct two large water-conveyance tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tunnel Objections Formalized

From the Stockton Record:

The lone state agency to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan warns that the project could force marinas out of business and take a big bite out of Delta agriculture.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Business Journal

Just How Many Jobs will Delta Tunnels Project Create?

From the Sacramento Business Journal:

California’s drought could translate into jobs, but just how many jobs? That’s a question at the heart of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion plan to transport more water from Northern to Southern California.

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Commentary: Brown Headed for Another Term, But Major Acts Still Unsettled

From The Sacramento Bee, in Dan Walters’ column:

Jerry Brown may not be universally admired, but polls indicate that he’s virtually certain to win a record fourth term as governor, perhaps even in a landslide, and thus four more years to cement his place in political history.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta Tunnels, Conservancy in Spotlight as Senate Bond Proposal Falters

From The Sacramento Bee:

With the governor’s controversial Delta tunnel project a key part of the debate, lawmakers on Monday failed to advance a leading Senate proposal to put a revised water bond on the November ballot.

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Commentary: California Politicians Trying to Draft a New Water Bond

From The Sacramento Bee, in Dan Walters’ column:

With the state budget behind them, the Capitol’s politicians are turning to water, always California’s most divisive political issue – but particularly so during a very severe drought, as a state Senate debate and vote demonstrated Monday.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Brown’s Water Tunnel Job Claims Generating Controversy

From the Los Angeles Times:

A bold, $25-billion plan to ship more water to Southern California could create tens of thousands of new jobs a year for decades, a Brown administration study says. And even though the plan is at least two years from possible final approval, it is generating plenty of controversy.

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Commentary: Brown’s Tunnel Plan Looms Over Effort to Pass Water Bonds

From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by George Skelton:

As lawmakers struggle to craft a water bond proposal for voters, there’s a huge reservoir of wonderful, non-controversial project ideas. But practically everyone is suffering from tunnel vision. Literally.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog

Blog: Anti-Delta Tunnel Groups Gear Up to Oppose Water Bonds

From The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog:

California lawmakers haven’t finished maneuvering to get a new water bond on the ballot in November, but opponents have already begun mobilizing.

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Blog: On Several Fronts, Promising Signs of Water Progress

From the H2outlook blog, in a post by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger:

The state/federal effort to improve the reliability of water supplies from Northern California and restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is now in its seventh year, a testament to the time and hard work necessary to come up with a lasting solution. From the outside, it may be difficult to gauge progress of the Bay Delta Conservation Program at any given time.

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Commentary: Delta Plans Completely Ignore Non-English Speakers

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Javier Padilla Reyes:

The reckless indifference of Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration in failing to provide adequate access and participation for non-English speaking Californians shows that the state’s rush to build the twin Delta tunnels at all costs effectively disregards nearly 600,000 Delta residents and 20 percent of California’s population.

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Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

California Ballot Measures are Where the Money will Be in November

From the Bay Area News Group:

“Insurance rate hikes, medical malpractice and water tunnels might not generate the kind of passionate water-cooler debate you’d find over marijuana, abortion and the death penalty.

“But this fall, California voters will be besieged by arguments about those weightier issues in the run-up to November’s general election.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: BDCP Comment Period Extended

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“The public has gained an additional six weeks to comment on the state’s proposal to provide a more reliable water supply for California and also protect, restore and enhance the ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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