“Hood, California, is a farming town of 200 souls, crammed up
against a levee that protects it from the Sacramento River.
… I’ve come here because this little patch of land is the
key location in Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed $25 billion plan
to fix California’s troubled water transport system.”
“A critical portion of the governor’s twin tunnels plan is hard
to understand, overstates the benefits for fish and fails to
make clear that much uncertainty remains over the outcome, an
independent panel of experts has concluded.
“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, as the tunnels plan is
formally known, has been scrutinized in a number of similar
reviews since planning began in 2006.
“Property owners in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are
celebrating a legal victory involving a controversial proposal to
build two giant water diversion tunnels, though state officials
say the ruling is unlikely to delay the project significantly.”
“A California appeals court has sided with landowners fighting
the state over test drilling for a proposed water tunnel system
in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
“In a 2-1 decision, an appeals panel ruled Thursday that the
state needed to go through the eminent domain process to gain
access to private property on which it wanted to take soil
samples and conduct environmental surveys.”
“A state appellate court dropped a bomb late Thursday on the
early stages of the state’s plan to divert fresh Northern
California water under or around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
on its way to Central and Southern California.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The comment period for the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan
(BDCP) and its accompanying environmental documents has been
extended 60 days by federal and state officials, allowing the
public until June 13 to comment on the documents.
“’Keeping with our continued effort of transparency, additional
time has been granted for review of the Draft BDCP documents
facilitating greater public involvement,’ California Secretary
for Natural Resources John Laird said in release announcing the
“Call it a deep reality check. In a severe drought year, with the
comment period winding down on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin
tunnels project to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin
Delta, the Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency has issued a
“Pointing to cost overruns with California’s high-speed rail
project, lawmakers on Wednesday pressed state officials on the
funding sources and ultimate price tag for the governor’s water
“California has a plan — the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan — that
has brought together representatives of the competing interests
who recognize that they must work together to sustain one another
with limited supplies of water.