Bay Delta Conservation Plan


Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Delta Tunnel Plan Cost Hammered at Hearing

From The Sacramento Bee:

“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 tunnel plan.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog

Blog: ‘I Would Encourage You to Get Up to Speed’

From the Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog:

“Some of the same old arguments, but also a few interesting exchanges between Delta-area legislators and the state administration today at a hearing regarding the cost of the proposed twin tunnels.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Playing Politics with California’s Drought

From the Los Angeles Times:

“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.
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Commentary: Delta Tunnels Represent a Reasonable Solution for Water Demands

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Betty Jo Toccoli:

“After members of our [California Small Business Association] board of directors and I visited some of the state water system’s key facilities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – the heart of the state’s ongoing water crisis – we came away with a much better understanding of the need for long-term solutions.”

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Blog: Jerry Brown, Senate GOP Offer Plans for Dealing with Drought

From The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog:

“Sacramento’s record winter stretch without rain has finally come to an end, but the California drought marches on — and with it, California politicians’ efforts to find a solution.”

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Blog: Fluid State — The Future of Water in California

From the Commonwealth Club of California Climate One blog:

“It was a sunny, dry day [Jan. 10] in the middle of winter when two state senators [Sen.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Why Jerry Brown Skirted High-speed Rail and Water Plan in California State of the State Address

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Gov. Jerry Brown has pursued two multibillion-dollar water and high-speed rail projects so aggressively in recent months that it loomed conspicuously how carefully he stepped to avoid the projects in his biggest speech of the year.”

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Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

North State Residents Get a Peek at Delta Conservation Plan

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“Tom Reemts doesn’t see anything good coming from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The Churn Creek Bottom farmer went to the state Department of Water Resources’ informational open house on the plan today, but it didn’t change his mind. …

“Today’s event was one of a dozen throughout the state and was set up in an open house format.”

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Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Brown Grapples with Drought Impacts

From Capitol Weekly:

“Gov. Brown said today that California, facing an unprecedented drought, needs to “make investments in safe drinking water” and that “recycling, expanded storage and serious groundwater management must all be part of the mix.”  But the governor did not endorse multibillion-dollar bond plans to build water infrastructure projects.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Jerry Brown Avoids Missteps in State of State Speech

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Jerry Brown spoke about water and drought in his State of the State speech on Wednesday without mentioning his $25 billion Delta-bypass tunnel proposal.”

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Dan Walters Column: Brown’s Speech Pedestrian, Clunky

From The Sacramento Bee, in Dan Walters’ column:

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Commentary: Do You Expect Me to Read All This?

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Joe Mathews:

“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its draft environmental impact documents, which detail proposals for restoring California’s most important estuary and creating a more reliable water supply for Southern California, are now available for public comment both online and in public open houses through April 14. Of course, the documents reportedly run to 34,000 pages …”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Residents Have Say on Delta Plan

From the Stockton Record:

“At times, there were more government employees and consultants in the room than there were members of the public.

“Still, more than 100 citizens turned out in Stockton on Tuesday evening to ask questions – or, as some might put it, demand answers – of the experts who are writing Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial, $24.7 billion twin tunnels plan.”

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Tunnels May Squeeze Out Habitat for Species

From the Stockton Record:

“A 13-year effort to protect critters from urban development could be jeopardized by parts of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan, officials have warned.”

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Commentary: Drought Offers an Opportunity to Consider Water Policy

From the Los Angeles Times, in the Capitol Journal column by George Skelton:

“So it’s official: We are in a serious drought. That means this: Next comes serious flooding.

“But we’ll still be in a declared drought. That’s just the nature of California weather patterns — and water politics.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water Foes Converge on Sacramento

From the Stockton Record:

“Groups on opposite sides of California’s water wars intend to spread their message at the state capitol today [Jan. 16].”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: Bay Delta Conservation Plan Public Meetings

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“Public Meetings for the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) begin today, January 15 in Fresno. As part of the 120-day public comment period ending April 14, 2014, the dozen public meetings throughout California will allow people to submit comments in open house format that includes informational exhibits and project team members on hand for one-on-one discussions from mid-January to mid-February.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Public Can Comment on Twin Tunnels Plan on Tuesday in Stockton

From the Stockton Record:

“Residents’ opportunity to weigh in on the the governor’s twin tunnels plan arrives next Tuesday, with a public meeting planned at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

State Comes to Fresno with $25 Billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From The Fresno Bee:

“After seven years of work, the plan to fix California’s biggest water problem is 34,000 pages long — roughly 24 times the size of “War and Peace.” And it does not read like a novel.

“It’s the highly technical Bay Delta Conservation Plan. To help people understand it, state leaders are appearing in a dozen cities, starting this week in Fresno.

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Blog: Correcting Stubborn Myths Part II

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Blog (BDCP), in a post by Karla Nemeth, California Natural Resources Agency:

“1. Myth: The BDCP doesn’t include financing costs or debt service payments over the 50-year term of the project.

“Fact: Ultimately, before final decisions are made about whether to proceed with the BDCP (Plan), financing costs for the project will be known and part of the public discussion.