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Delta Issues

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Delta Water Plan Released for Public Scrutiny

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“After seven years in the making, the $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels diverting water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is up for public review.
Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Legislators Press Obama and Brown to Take Action on California’s Water Supply

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“Almost 50 state legislators and Congress members recently signed a letter calling on President Obama and Gov.
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Dan Walters Column: Release of Twin Tunnels Plan Touches Off a Fierce Battle

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

Aquafornia news Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP

News Release: Public Review Draft BDCP and Associated Draft EIR/EIS Now Available Online; Public Comment Period to Begin on Dec. 13, 2013

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP:

“The public review Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) have been posted to in anticipation of the formal public review and comment period, which begins on Friday, December 13, 2013.

“The Draft BDCP Highlights brochure and Draft EIR/EIS Highlights brochure are also available.”

Aquafornia news California Natural Resources Agency

News Release: State Releases Updated Comprehensive Water Reliability and Ecosystem Restoration Plan

From the California Natural Resources Agency:

“The state of California and its federal partners have announced the release of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for formal public review. This is a significant milestone in the effort to restore ecosystem health and secure reliable water supplies for California.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Delta Water Tunnel Project Needs $1.2 Billion More for Planning

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The giant Delta water-diversion tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown need $1.2 billion more spent on planning and design before construction starts or is even assured.”

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan Environmental Documents Released

From Capital Public Radio:

“California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration plans to release environmental documents for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan today.”

Read more from Capital Public Radio, or listen to the story


Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Canal or Tunnels, Fight Still the Same

From the Stockton Record:

“This week, the state is expected to release a draft of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan for the Delta. It is the first time since the old peripheral canal wars of the 1970s and early ’80s that a comparable proposal will have been formally introduced.”

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Peripheral Canal at a Glance

From the Stockton Record:

“The debate over the peripheral canal was one of the most colorful in Stockton’s history. Some tidbits you might not have known …”

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Blog: Delta Water Tunnels Environmental Report Released

From the Capitol Alert blog, The Sacramento Bee:

“Whether the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is the solution to decades of conflict over California’s water supply is heavily debated. …

“The impact report was filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday and should be made available on the plan’s website some time today [Dec. 9].”

Read more from the Capitol Alert blog

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Blog: The BDCP and the Further Need for Statewide Water Solutions

From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog, in a post by Tib Belza, Chair, Bay-Delta Task Force:

“With the state and federal agencies releasing the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) this week, the leaders in the North State are unified in our commitment to statewide water solutions that protect the economy, environment and quality of life in Northern California. The North State Water Alliance this week continues our call for the Governor to develop an innovative and comprehensive statewide water plan.
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Commentary: There’s No Good Deal for Sacramento in Delta Tunnels

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Darrell Fong:

“Gov. Jerry Brown and major water interests from Southern California and the Central Valley are trying to sell a proposal to the residents of Sacramento and other Delta communities to allow the construction of twin underground tunnels costing $25 billion to siphon water from the Sacramento River and deliver it to farms and cities to the south.
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Blog: Worst Peripheral Canal Lede of All Time

From the Alex Breitler Environment blog, the Stockton Record:

“From UPI, 1966: ‘To many people the peripheral canal sounds like a celestial body, a place in Texas, or a cause of post-nasal drip.’

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Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council (DSC)

News Release: Delta Stewardship Council Hosts New Web Page on Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)

From the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC):

“The new page explains the relationship between the Delta Plan and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) including links to statutes detailing the roles and responsibilities of the DSC and Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) regarding their respective reviews of the BDCP.

“Also included is DSC and Delta ISB correspondence regarding the BDCP, as well as reports, documents, and presentations made during DSC and Delta ISB meetings.

Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) Delta Science Program

Latest Issue of Science News Now Available

From the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) Delta Science Program:

“The December issue of Science News is now available exclusively online:
  • Getting from Here to There – The Delta Science Plan and Developing ‘One Delta, One Science’
  • The Science of Fish Eating Fish
  • Quagga Mussels – Our Next Alien Invader?
  • Delta Independent Science Board Update
  • Pick our Brain: We never hear about other Delta ‘critters’ like Swainson’s Hawk, riparian brush rabbits, etc.
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Blog: City of Stockton Makes Delta a High Priority

From the Alex Breitler Environment blog:

“It’s not likely to be the hottest item at Tuesday night’s [Stockton] City Council meeting, but for the record, the Council will hear a report about state and federal legislative priorities for the coming year.

“And according to a red-line version in the agenda packet (flip to page 762), the need to protect the Delta will be the city’s second-highest priority in 2014, ahead even of bankruptcy issues.”

Read more from the Alex Breitler Environment blog


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Commentary: The Delta, the Plumbing and Rectifying the Problem

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Dennis McEwan:

“‘Denny, you and your environmentalist buddies better vote for this thing, ’cause it’s the best deal you’re ever going to get.’

“Those words were spoken by my father in 1982, extolling me to vote ‘yes’ on Proposition 9, the referendum on the peripheral canal. He was a 30-plus-year, veteran engineer with the California Department of Water Resources, and I was a 20-something idealistic college student majoring in conservation biology.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Why California Water Debate is Going Nowhere Fast

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“California is having the wrong debate about the future of one of its most valuable assets, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which produces water for much of the state and about half of Silicon Valley.

“The battle for the better part of the last two years has been about how big a new conveyance system — probably tunnels — should be … The focus instead should be the operating conditions for the Delta …”

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Blog: Speed Reading

From the Alex Breitler Environment blog, the Stockton Record:

“Can you read 25,000-plus pages in 120 days?

“The Environmental Water Caucus says it can’t. The coalition is asking state officials for more time to review the governor’s twin tunnels … ”

Read more from the Alex Breitler Environment blog


Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Sinking Even in Drought

From the Stockton Record:

“The earth sank at a rate of nearly 1 foot per year in a portion of the San Joaquin Valley during the state’s most recent drought, scientists announced Thursday, adding that the problem is likely to persist and could threaten large aqueducts that ship water south from the Delta.

“The sinking land has also slowed down the planned restoration of the San Joaquin River.