“Despite record dry weather, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that a multibillion-dollar water bond to pay for dams, conservation and parts of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion plan to build two huge tunnels through the Delta will be placed on the November ballot.”
“2013 was the driest year since California began keeping records in 1895. That fact will be used to try to fast-track the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, whose two massive tunnels would carry water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that now provides nearly half of Silicon Valley’s water.”
“Jerry Meral, the chief steward of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion water project while deputy secretary of the state’s Natural Resources Agency, is going to work for an environmental group supporting the controversial plan.”
“One of the games that politicians and interest groups play is called ‘economic impact.’ …
“We are seeing a lot of other ‘economic impact’ hype these days from sponsors of public and semi-public projects, such as the north-south bullet train, a twin tunnel water project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a football stadium in Los Angeles and new basketball arenas in Sacramento and San Francisco.”
From the Lake County News, in a commentary by Congressman John Garamendi:
“California’s aging water infrastructure is insufficient for our present and future needs. Unfortunately, the current Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and its two massive tunnels is a destructive $25 billion boondoggle that won’t solve the problem.
From The Bakersfield Californian, in a commentary by state Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield:
“In 2009, I helped lead an effort in the Legislature to provide a plan for fixing California’s incredible water system. The result of this effort was a bipartisan plan for water supply reliability in the Central Valley and ecological restoration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
From the Los Angeles Daily News, in a commentary by Conner Everts and Adam Scow:
“Los Angeles water ratepayers and taxpayers beware. We are facing the prospect of spending billions of dollars on a massive twin-tunnels project that could further degrade the San Francisco Bay-Delta, a source of L.A. drinking water.
From the Stockton Record, in a commentary by San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller:
“Last week, the Brown administration released the widely disputed environmental documents that attempt to legitimize the controversial and costly Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
“Farmers, homeowners, economists, water and ecological experts have been protesting for months about this ridiculously expensive project to dredge massive twin tunnels beneath the Delta to divert water to the south.
“As state and federal officials gather input on the controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Yolo County’s leaders are answering loud and clear that they’re worried the plan will harm Yolo’s agricultural sector.
“The plan is to install three water intakes on the Sacramento River that feed an underground tunnel system carrying water to pumps in the south Sacramento-San Joaquin 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.
From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff Switchboard blog, in a post by Doug Obegi:
“As California begins what appears to be a third consecutive dry year, corporate agribusinesses and politicians in the San Joaquin Valley have begun calling for the State and federal government to waive environmental rules governing the Bay-Delta estuary – the same environmental rules that not only protect salmon and other wildlife in the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas, but also protect thousands of fishing jobs and water quality for Delta farmers.
From the Alex Breitler Environment blog, the Stockton Record:
“Supervisors from the Delta counties stopped by our office on Monday to talk about the governor’s twin tunnels plan.
“Among other issues, San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel said the counties asked the state if it could prepare a red-line version of the 34,000-page draft plan, which in theory would allow readers to understand what has been changed in the huge document since a previous draft came out earlier this year.”