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Delta Issues

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Blog: Part II — The Delta in Our Time

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog, in a post by Jerry Meral, deputy secretary, California Natural Resources Agency:

This is the second 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.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Fate Still Unclear for Nine Species in Delta Water Tunnel Plan

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The state’s ambitious plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has two main goals: improve water supplies and remove dozens of native animals from the endangered species list.
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Blog: Part I — The Delta – Origins of Controversy

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog, in a post by Jerry Meral, deputy secretary, California Natural Resources Agency:

“Californians have been debating the role of the Delta and the best way to move water to where it’s needed for nearly 70 years.
Aquafornia news Stockton Record

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 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.
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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Commentary: State Needs Cost-Effective Water Bond

From The Davis Enterprise, in a commentary by state Sen. Lois Wolk:

“The Legislature will return to Sacramento in January and will immediately face a trio of questions about water.”

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Aquafornia news KCRA Channel 3

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.

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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Blog: A Crucial Week for Water in California

From the Following Water in California blog by Stephanie Taylor:

“Two water experts from LA: on water opportunities.”

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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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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

30,000 Pages of Bay Delta Conservation Plan Released

From Capital Public Radio:

“The proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California has reached a significant milestone. The state has released the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for formal public review.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tunnel Plan Covered in 34K Pages

From the Stockton Record:

“Find those reading glasses and take a comfy seat. Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration on Monday released more than 34,000 pages detailing his plan to divert water away from the Delta through two giant tunnels. …

“But the release of the documents does mean the public soon will have its first formal opportunity to comment on the $24.7 billion plan, which has been under development for seven years.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Is Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels Plan Repeating Errors of High-Speed Rail?

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Ever since he took office three years ago, Gov.
Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Proposed Delta Tunnels May Not Satisfy Water Needs, Documents Say

From the Los Angeles Times:

“A $25-billion proposal to re-engineer the hub of California’s sprawling water system may not yield all the water that San Joaquin Valley farmers and Southland cities want, leaving open the question of whether the massive project will be built. …

“Totaling more than 30,000 pages, the drafts underscore the many uncertainties about a project that has been in the planning stages for years and is a centerpiece of Gov.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Locals React to Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“The environmental reports for plans for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan were released Monday, beginning a new flurry of debate. …

“The Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation is just beginning to wade through the document to make comments, which can be submitted through April 14.”

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

State Plan to Restore Delta Costs $24.7 Billion

From the Associated Press:

“California water officials on Monday released a draft of a $24.7 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in part by building two 30-mile underground tunnels to ensure stable water delivery to millions of Californians.”

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