“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
From the Lake County News, in a commentary by Congressman John
“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
“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
“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
“Our view: We can only hope the south state realizes there
really isn’t enough water to make the expensive twin tunnels
“The latest documents are out on the plan to put a pair of huge
tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and despite
amounting to 34,000 pages, there’s darn little consideration of
where the water is coming from.”