“The public has been given more time to comment on the governor’s twin tunnels plan, after officials released a legal document today that contains more details about how the plan would be implemented.”
“The U.S. Department of the Interior and the California Natural Resources Agency today [May 30] released the “Draft Implementing Agreement for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (IA)” for a 60-day public review and comment period. The Draft IA can be found here.
“Lead state and federal agencies have also extended the public comment period for the Draft BDCP and associated Draft EIR/EIS by an additional 46 days to allow the public more time to review and comment.
“Nitty-gritty details of the governor’s twin tunnels plan are hard enough to grasp for English speakers plowing through 34,000 pages of environmental documents. Non-English speakers, arguably, have no hope at all.”
“The Sacramento Bee’s article on visual simulations of certain aspects of the BDCP did not fully or accurately depict DWR’s review of the Delta Protection Commission’s (DPC) visual simulations of the BDCP proposed CM 1 construction.
“Gov. Jerry Brown presented a robust defense of his record over the last three-and-a-half years during a speech to California business leaders Wednesday, promoting his efforts with education, pension reform, workers’ compensation, criminal justice and the economy. … Brown did not touch on two massive public works projects he is pushing …”
“The water diversion tunnels that Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to build in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are so large that many policymakers and citizens have had difficulty grasping the project. The Delta Protection Commission set out to change that.”
“If the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is approved, public water agencies and the State of California will embark on one of the largest infrastructure modernization projects in the country. The currently proposed project includes three new Sacramento River intakes and 30-mile long, large diameter tunnels with a price tag of $14.5 billion.
“The state’s proposal to restore habitat in the Delta and build two massive water diversion tunnels on the Sacramento River ‘falls short’ in its scientific rigor, according to a new report by a group of scientists.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by John Kirlin:
“Discussion about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan mostly revolves around new water intakes and the twin tunnels. But this ongoing debate misses a large elephant in the room; the plan proposes to lock in public policies on water operations for 50 years, and limit future policy decisions even though circumstances can – and inevitably will – change.”
“Gov. Jerry Brown delivered an impassioned defense of his ambitious plan to drill huge tunnels through the delta east of San Francisco to move more northern water south, saying California’s economic well-being depended on it.”
“Construction planning for the giant water diversion tunnels proposed in the California Delta is about to be handed off to a new entity, one that gives a prominent role to the water diverters that will benefit from the project.”