Bay Delta Conservation Plan


Bay Delta Conservation Plan

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Editorial: It Still Doesn’t Float

From the Stockton Record:

“There’s more than a bit of irony that water policy in California often moves with the speed of a glacier. …

“Delays aren’t necessarily a bad thing if the end result could otherwise be something that’s not desirable.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Top Water Official Linked to Tunnel Plans to Retire

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Jerry Meral, Gov. Jerry Brown’s top water official and a major figure in the controversial, $25 billion water project proposed by the governor, will retire at the end of the month, the Brown administration confirmed Saturday.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Hard Truths About California’s Water Future

From the Los Angeles Times:

“At the heart of California’s vast and complex plumbing system, and the plan to re-engineer it with two tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, are two truths. The first is that failing to take any action at all will result in almost certain disaster.
Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Bay Delta Plan a Solid Start for Water Future

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Amid the flood of charts, graphs and documents (more than 34,000 pages) released by state and federal officials as another step toward realizing Gov.
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Editorial: Southern Californians Must Get Worried About Water

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

“It’s safe to say few Californians will make it all the way through the 10,000 pages of the Environmental Impact Report on the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan released last week.

“Perhaps, even though there are 38 million of us, no single Californian will do so. Life is short. Yet California water politics are long.”

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Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Editorial: Brown’s Tunnel Vision on State Water Plan

From U-T San Diego:

“Simple fact: Nothing is more important to the economy of San Diego and all of California than a reliable supply of water. But the intensely controversial proposal of Gov. Jerry Brown to achieve greater reliability through environmental restoration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — the hub of California’s massive water system — and re-engineering of the delta’s intricate plumbing increasingly appears unworkable.”

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Dan Walters Column: More Storage May Be California’s Most Important Water Issue

From The Sacramento Bee, in a column by Dan Walters:

“The release last week of detailed plans for building water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta touches off a legal and political battle that could take years to resolve.
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Commentary: Shaky Rationale Behind Brown Tunnel Plan

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

“Maybe I’ve watched the movie ‘Chinatown’ too many times, but a major justification for digging Gov. Jerry Brown’s massive water tunnels just seems suspicious.”

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Commentary: Don’t Try to Bury Us Under Your Delta Conservation Plan

From The Modesto Bee, in a commentary by Mike Dunbar:

“The 34,000-page Bay Delta Conservation Plan was released last week. If you printed it out and stacked it up, it’d be 11 feet tall. …

“Even if someone has read all 34,000 pages, they’re not getting the entire picture. There are at least 20 agencies involved in the BDCP, and many are writing reports and making other plans.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: A Comprehensive Water Reliability and Ecosystem Restoration Plan

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“Developed from seven years of analysis and hundreds of public meetings, the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan is now available for public review and comment. … The comment period will run from December 13, 2013 through April 14, 2014. The plan aims to restore ecosystem health in the Delta and secure reliable water supplies for California.
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Could Controversial Twin Tunnels Project Restore Delta?

From KCRA Channel 3:

“Hundreds of protesters are expected at the state Capitol on Friday to rally against a controversial plan that’s likely to change the landscape of California.

“KCRA 3 traveled by boat and on foot through the marshlands, the hub of the Delta’s natural habitat — which is also pivotal to Gov.

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Commentary: Bay Delta Conservation Plan is Not a North-South Issue

From the Los Angeles Daily News, in a commentary by Bill Allen and Ed Casey:

“Since Gov.
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Blog: Correcting Stubborn Myths

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

In light of the importance of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to most Californians, we thought it time to address some of the stubborn ‘urban myths’ that are being perpetuated about the BDCP. We encourage Californians to get involved with understanding the proposed plan and investigate the details for themselves.

“Good water policy in California requires an open discussion of facts.

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Blog: Tunnels Debate In Court Next Week

From the Alex Breitler Environment blog, the Stockton Record:

“On Monday, a state appeals court will hear oral arguments from state officials and attorneys representing Delta landowners, who for years have resisted efforts by the Department of Water Resources to come onto their land and conduct environmental tests needed to build the twin tunnels.”
Aquafornia news Wall St. Journal

California Presses On With Water Project

From the Wall St. Journal:

“A contentious project to divert water supplied to Southern California past an ecologically sensitive river delta moved a step closer to fruition Monday, as state and federal officials unveiled a draft final environmental analysis.

“Under the $25 billion plan, which is backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, two 30-mile-long tunnels would bypass the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Northern California.”

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Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Editorial: Delta Plan’s Staggering Complexity — Marvel or Height of Hubris?

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“Does anyone really understand the Bay Delta Conservation Plan?

“Yes, we know the plan that the state formally released this week involves restoring habitat in the delta down where the Sacramento River meets the bay, along with a pair of tunnels proponents hope will work more reliably and less destructively than the long-running system of pumping North State water through the delta itself.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Two-Tunnel Study Leaves Big Questions Unanswered

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Despite the state’s 34,000-page draft environmental impact study, fundamental questions remain unanswered about the proposal to build two huge tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to points south.

“The basic financial framework, for example, remains unresolved.”

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Aquafornia news KQED's Forum with host Michael Krasny

Latest Delta Plan Opens Floodgates for More Debate, Controversy

From KQED’s Forum with host Michael Krasny:

“The Brown administration released an environmental study on Monday of its $25 billion plan that includes two massive tunnels to move water from Northern California to other parts of the state. … We’ll discuss what’s in the proposal, which will undergo a four-month public comment period before being finalized.”

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Commentary: When It Comes to Re-plumbing Delta, Trust is Two-Way Street

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Assembly Member Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento):

“Unlike the agreement we reached with the East Bay Municipal Utility District that served the interests of all parties, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the proposed enormous water export tunnels supported by the water contractors would give assured benefits to those who would take water out of the Delta while leaving Northern California and Delta parties with only uncertainty and risk.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta Water Tunnel Plan Presents California With Tough Choices

From The Sacramento Bee:

“A new future for the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was laid out for public review Monday in 34,000 sprawling pages of analysis associated with two giant water-diversion tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The question now for the public and policy makers: Is this the future they want?”

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