Topic: Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Overview

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a process for obtaining long-term project permits for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta centering on the equal goals of conservation of species and helping to improve water supplies and delivery.

The BDCP aims to separate its water delivery system from Delta freshwater flows and restore thousands of acres of habitat, restore river flows to more natural patterns and address issues affecting the health of fish populations.

As part of the water conveyance, in 2013, California Gov. Jerry Brown also proposed constructing two $25 billion tunnels to divert Sacramento River water underneath the Delta and then deliver the water to the Central Valley and Southern California.

If approved, the BDCP would be implemented over the next 50 years and construction of the tunnels would not begin for another 10 to 15 years.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Judge finds fault with ‘Delta Plan’

A plan that was supposed to serve as a comprehensive roadmap for the Delta through the year 2100 now must be partially rewritten, after a judge this week ruled on complaints stemming from no fewer than seven lawsuits.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Kamala Harris, silent on dams, says she would protect species law

U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris said Tuesday that she would not support efforts to weaken the federal law governing endangered species, breaking with fellow Democrat and rival Loretta Sanchez, who has said she would be open to amendments to help address the state’s protracted drought.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California water board denies bias claims in Delta tunnels dispute

Two members of the state board that will play a crucial role in the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta rebuffed demands from a south state water agency that they disqualify themselves from upcoming hearings on the issue.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Pushing for tunnels vote: Eggman bill clears Assembly committee

Six years ago, a bill to force a public vote on the peripheral canal went before a state Assembly committee. It died there without a vote.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta tunnels bill mandating voter approval advances

A California Assembly committee on Tuesday moved to force a public vote on a controversial water conveyance project.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

You could vote on controversial Delta water tunnels plan in 2018

An Assembly committee gave its approval Tuesday to legislation that would require California voters approve of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15-billion water plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Delta tunnel critics put project to votes

For all the plaudits Gov. Jerry Brown gets from Democrats these days, there are still two big things dividing him from numerous members of his party: the Delta tunnels.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal government to probe state spending on Delta tunnels

The Interior Department’s inspector general has opened an investigation into possible funding irregularities involving the proposed delta tunnels, a $15 billion plan to dig giant twin pipes to siphon water directly from the Sacramento River and send it underground to farms and cities in the southern part of the state.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

A Delta tunnel project’s lofty ambitions have been scaled back

Only a close look at the Middle River revealed anything amiss in this part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Instead of flowing north toward San Francisco Bay, as nature intended, the Middle was headed south. 

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

East Bay water district’s Delta deal raises eyebrows among environmentalists

In a deal stirring up new waves about the governor’s twin water tunnels plan through the Delta, a water supplier for 500,000 Contra Costa County residents has dropped its protest against the project in exchange for a new source of higher-quality water from the Sacramento River.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Agencies seek two-month delay for Delta tunnels hearing

In response to dozens of pending protests, state and federal officials asked for a two-month delay in hearings that could decide the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial plan to build two massive tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels plan faces new hurdle — a leading taxpayers organization

In a development that casts significant doubt on whether Silicon Valley’s largest water district will help pay for Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels plan, a majority of Santa Clara Valley Water District board members now say they want to put the issue to a public vote.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

New dispute erupts over Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta tunnels project

A potentially major new fight has erupted over Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two huge tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and this time the protests are coming from a group of farmers that wants the tunnels built.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Things to know about California’s giant twin tunnels project

California is proposing its most ambitious water project in a half-century.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Decision time for California governor’s big water project

Promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown, the $15.7 billion project would run giant twin pipes, each four stories high, underground for 35 miles and eventually pull thousands of gallons of water a second from the stretch along the Sacramento River where [Russell] van Loben Sels farms to cities and farms to the south.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Bond jitters spread after Westlands investigation

Jitters over a federal investigation of Westlands Water District bled over into the proposed delta tunnel project Thursday as a bond rating agency placed a negative watch on a $29.8-million bond helping to fund the controversial water diversion plan.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Delta islands sold to big Southern Californian water agency

A giant water district for 19 million Southern Californians has approved the purchase of four Delta islands in a move arousing suspicions about its influence over the state’s water delivery system.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

MWD votes to buy 20,000 acres of island farmland in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The board of Southern California’s water importer voted Tuesday to buy 20,000 acres of farm islands in the heart of the state’s north-south plumbing system.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Southern California water agency moves to buy Delta islands

In a controversial move that could shake up California’s water community, Southern California’s most powerful water agency moved a giant step closer Tuesday to purchasing a cluster of islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Critics of Calif. revenue bond initiative warn of unintended consequences

The initiative, sponsored by wealthy Stockton-area farmer Dean Cortopassi, is widely seen as an attempt to derail the Brown Administration’s Delta Tunnel project, which would be funded by revenue bonds.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California bond vote measure takes a beating

Democratic legislators and officials, business and labor representatives, and water suppliers took turns Wednesday flailing a November ballot measure that would require voter approval of major state revenue bond issues.

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Editor’s Note: California’s Coast Only Part of the Picture

Jennifer Bowles Often times on my Facebook feed, someone will post a map of California sitting beside a huge ocean with the word, “Duh,” scrawled across the water. The idea that California can dig itself out of the drought simply by building desalination plants up and down the coast may, at first glance, seem like an obvious choice.

Aquafornia news Fox News

Critics of California water-tunnel project claim it’s government waste to save tiny smelt (with video)

The “WaterFix” Twin Tunnels project, championed by Gov. Jerry Brown but opposed by environmental groups and taxpayers alike, would bore 150 feet underground to the side of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Fact check: Gavin Newsom stretches impact of bond initiative

The immediate effect of the measure is the impact it could have on Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15.5 billion plan to build two tunnels to divert water southward under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Stockton water forum delivers mixed messages

Local water activists Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla and Bill Jennings spoke before [Bob] Bowcock and [Erin] Brockovich. Both suggested to the audience there are more significant issues facing Stockton and the region than chloramines, most notably the proposed Twin Tunnels project in the Delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California almonds, partly blamed for water shortage, now dropping in price

The decline also could influence whether farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will agree to help pay for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels, the $15.5 billion plan to re-engineer the fragile estuary with the goal of improving reliability of water deliveries to Southern California cities and farms.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

State regulators consider Delta tunnels plan

Opponents and supporters were at a California Water Resources Control Board meeting Thursday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California starts decisive year on governor’s water tunnels

State regulators launched Thursday into a year of pivotal decisions on Gov. Jerry Brown’s quest to build two giant tunnels to ferry water from Northern California for Central and Southern California, a $17-billion project that would be one of the largest in decades in the state.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Silicon Valley leaders express skepticism of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels plan

Three of Gov. Jerry Brown’s top water lieutenants came to Silicon Valley on Tuesday to make the case for his $17 billion plan to build two huge tunnels under the Delta to more easily move water from north to south.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Lawmakers want to put Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels plan before voters

Lawmakers representing the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta, the heart of California’s water system, have introduced a bill that would make Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial twin tunnels project subject to statewide voter approval.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Lawmaker pushes for public vote on any Delta water project

In a largely symbolic show of opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta water project, a Stockton lawmaker said Friday she is introducing legislation to require public approval of such plans.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Another step toward the twin tunnels

State officials on Friday announced a tentative agreement with water agencies on the design and construction of the $15 billion twin tunnels beneath the Delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown calls Delta water project ‘fundamental necessity’ (with video)

Facing uncertain financing and a ballot measure threatening his $15.5 billion Delta water plan, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday called the project a “fundamental necessity” and said he is confident “we’ll get it done.” 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Brown defends Delta tunnels as he rolls out tweaks to water plan

Gov. Jerry Brown warned Thursday that if his multibillion-dollar delta tunnels project fails to move forward, it would deal a “body blow” to California’s economy and prosperity.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Tunnels fight changes venue

A small state agency will soon begin the daunting process of deciding whether to change the water rights for the state and federal water projects, allowing them to divert some of their water from the Sacramento River and bypass the Delta for the first time.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Brown considers using his campaign war chest in 2016 initiative battles

Gov. Jerry Brown said he is preparing to wade into next year’s crowded field of ballot battles, which could include proposing a new effort on climate change or fighting off an initiative to restrict infrastructure projects.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown preparing to engage in 2016 ballot measure fight

Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he is considering placing a measure on the 2016 ballot, possibly related to climate change, or engaging in an effort to defeat a threat to his Delta water project.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Gov. Jerry Brown on climate change, ballot initiatives (with audio)

The governor sat down with Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler before leaving for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France. … [Gov. Jerry] Brown also declined to say if he’ll use his $20 million dollar campaign war chest to oppose a different initiative that would block his proposed Delta tunnels project.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: What’s behind a bid to shift dollars from the bullet train to water projects

Grab billions from Gov. Jerry Brown’s bullet train project and spend it on generating more water. Build some dams. Many Californians have been shouting for that.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Ballot measures aim to cut funding for Delta tunnels, high-speed rail

Gov. Jerry Brown could have a huge battle on his hands next year against ballot-measure proponents asking voters to essentially kill his two most-beloved public works projects — the bullet train and his proposed twin water tunnels under the Delta.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Metropolitan Water District will try to buy Delta islands for water storage, habitat purposes

The board of the Southland’s water importer Tuesday voted to pursue the purchase of four farm islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the ecologically troubled center of California’s sprawling water system.

Aquafornia news Reuters

Southern California water agency moves to buy river Delta islands

Southern California’s biggest drinking water supplier will seek an option to buy 20,000 acres of river delta farm land east of San Francisco, a deal that could benefit a controversial tunnel project to carry Northern California water southward, the agency said on Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Jerry Brown’s tunnels meet flurry of criticism, but will it matter?

Gov. Jerry Brown’s response to the latest volley of opposition to his plan to divert water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta lacked the cheekiness he exhibited in May, when he playfully told his critics to “shut up.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Brown gets touchy over criticism of water tunnel plan

Gov. Jerry Brown has been getting quite cranky lately when anyone belittles a pet project, especially his proposed water tunnels.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Measure that imperils Delta tunnels plan qualifies for 2016 ballot

A constitutional amendment that would erect a significant political hurdle for Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans to build twin tunnels to carry water south around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is poised to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Southern California water agencies push forward on Delta land purchase

With the future of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta approaching a critical stage, a group of Southern California water agencies is working to buy four Delta islands, a move that has drawn accusations that the parcels could be used to orchestrate a south-state water grab.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Ballot measure is new obstacle to diverting water to Southern California

Californians will act on a ballot measure next year that would require voter approval of many large public works projects, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin-tunnel plan to divert water south around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Thousands comment on tunnels plan

As water wonks across the state hustled to beat a Friday deadline to file formal comment letters on the proposed twin tunnels, Gov. Jerry Brown offered a brief comment of his own, calling opponents’ arguments “false” and “shameful.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Delta tunnels plan draws protest

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, addressed reporters Friday on the steps of the state Capitol, speaking in opposition to a plan pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown to build a pair of massive tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

New Delta tunnel plan spurs familiar criticisms

Republicans fight taxes, business groups fight labor, and Delta lawmakers fight the tunnels. … Backers, meanwhile, are marshaling a big show of support for a project rebranded as the “California Water Fix,” …

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Opponents expect 30,000 comments against Delta tunnel plan (with audio)

California officials expect an earful from opponents of the Bay Delta tunnel plan, as the public comment period comes to a close Friday.

Aquafornia news East Bay Express

Commentary: Damning California’s future

Few places in California are more remote from urban life than Round Valley, but the watershed and [Richard] Wilson are central to understanding why Governor Jerry Brown and other powerful interests are avidly pursuing several multibillion-dollar dam projects and two massive water tunnels that are strikingly similar to plans laid out in economic and engineering charts in California in the early-1950s.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

San Joaquin County remains opposed to ‘Water Fix’

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 on Tuesday to adopt a resolution affirming the county’s opposition to the BDCP [Bay Delta Conservation Plan]/Water Fix, as well as to approve the county’s comments on a revised draft environmental impact report and supplemental environmental impact statement.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Scientists question twin tunnels report

An independent team of scientists renewed its criticism of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan this week, saying that the massive documents justifying the project are “incomplete and opaque.”

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Comments urged on twin tunnels plan

Delta advocates urged the faithful on Monday to write letters to state officials before Oct. 30, when the window of opportunity to formally comment on Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels proposal is expected to close.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Twin tunnels permit sought

State officials applied this week for the latest in a series of permits they need to build the twin tunnels beneath the Delta, another indication of their intent to move forward with the $15 billion plan.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Another hurdle for twin tunnels

Operators of California’s giant state and federal water projects are formally asking for permission to take at least some of their water before it reaches the Delta, setting up another bureaucratic hurdle that must be cleared if Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels are ever to be built.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California, US seek permits for giant water tunnels project

Federal and California agencies have filed some of the first permit applications for a proposed project involving the construction of twin 30-mile tunnels to help carry water from the northern to southern and central regions of the state, officials said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Thinking outside the pipe

Last month, U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney ripped the governor’s twin tunnels plan, calling it “misguided” and wasteful. … “But I can’t just say ‘No,’ ” McNerney said Tuesday after hosting a drought forum at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center in south Stockton.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Records — California plans taking land for huge water tunnels

State contractors have readied plans to acquire as many as 300 farms in the California delta by eminent domain to make room for a pair of massive, still-unapproved water tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to documents obtained by opponents of the tunnels.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Price, risk weigh heavily on farmers who would draw from Delta water tunnels

Sometime over the next year or so, [Mike] Stearns and several thousand other farmers from Tracy to Bakersfield will decide the fate of a project that’s supposed to resuscitate their parched San Joaquin Valley farms while stabilizing the delivery of drinking water to 25 million Southern Californians.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Twin tunnels protesters decry ‘darkened forces of political control’

In a sterile hotel conference room filled with the conversation of consultants wearing dress shirts and ties, 31-year-old Jon Michelsen abruptly stood on a chair, lifted his guitar and began to sing about the “darkened forces of political control.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Cost of Delta tunnels doesn’t add up

After yet another revision, the governor’s plan to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta still makes no economic sense. A closer look at the three types of economic benefits claimed for the project to export water to Central Valley farms and Southern California cities shows why it can’t possibly justify its estimated $15 billion cost.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Environmental groups blast Delta twin-tunnels plan

The activists are challenging revised environmental impact documents released earlier this month as part of a controversial, $15.5 billion plan to build two massive tunnels in the north Delta to ship the water to pumping stations in the south. … Known formally as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration recently renamed the tunnels project the California WaterFix.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Brown’s new tunnels plan ratchets back habitat restoration

The latest version of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels ferrying water across California locks in just 15,600 acres for habitat restoration, one-sixth of that committed under Brown’s original tunnels proposal, state officials confirmed Monday.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tunnels plan pushes forward

Construction on Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels could begin in 2018, though a top state official said Monday that it remains unclear how much water the tunnels would convey to justify their $15 billion cost.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Ballot measure threatens California water tunnels plan

Amid long-standing controversy surrounding Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south, one advantage the project appeared to hold was that Brown could forge ahead without a public vote.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California unveils revised blueprint for Delta tunnels

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration took a significant step toward building a pair of water tunnels through the Delta on Thursday, unveiling the fine print on a redesign that state officials say would reduce impacts on the landscape, improve conditions for endangered fish and enhance water supplies for millions of Southern Californians.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Will local water projects lose out to Brown’s tunnel vision?

San Diego water officials have some cogent questions for Gov. Jerry Brown. First, about those costly, monster tunnels he wants to dig under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta: Wouldn’t it be smarter to use that money — at least a good chunk of it — to build local water projects?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Governor has two big wishes

Giant machines will be eating their way beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, boring the twin tunnels that would close a gap in the State Water Plan that his father launched nearly 60 years earlier.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Brown says fixing Delta water system important for entire state

Gov. Jerry Brown called on California to support a plan to transform the heart of one of the state’s most important water systems, saying failure to take action on the delta could risk disaster for not only Southern California but the San Francisco Bay Area as well.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Brown’s water quest taps forebears’ inspiration, if not their flexibility

If his dad [former Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown] more than half a century ago could lead California into building a world-class water project over fierce northern opposition and southern apathy, the son [Gov. Jerry Brown] believes, certainly he can complete that troubled system with the delta tunnels. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary by Rep. John Garamendi: Water solution for California — ‘Little Sip, Big Gulp’

Don’t be fooled. The dreaded twin tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta did not die.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Brown makes case for tunnels project to business, civic leaders

Calling it a “challenge we have to respond to,” Gov. Jerry Brown told hundreds of business owners and others Thursday that the state needs to push forward with his administration’s plans for two water diversion tunnels to protect its economy.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Time to stop the tunnel vision

That the Delta, where the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers meet the San Francisco Bay, is only vaguely understood in the state’s main population centers makes it easier to confuse people about the Delta’s value to the whole state and about the greatest threats to its future.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: A million hours and still not shovel-ready

Gov. Jerry Brown says critics of his water tunnel plan who haven’t spent 1 million hours studying it — as his administration has — should just shut up. Well, that bait is too tempting to resist.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Prepare for a deluge as Delta begins boiling over

Join the conversation: Why should the plan to build twin tunnels to transfer water from the Sacramento River to south of the Delta be put to a popular vote? … Wearing a sweater and no tie, the governor was at ease among the 1,000 or so Association of California Water Agencies conventioneers at the Sheraton last week as he gave one of his most direct pitches yet for his Delta plan.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Brown defends Delta tunnels project, agriculture industry (with audio)

California Gov. Jerry Brown says opponents of his Delta water tunnel proposal should just “shut up.” He spoke to the Association of California Water Agencies in Sacramento Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: If not this California Delta plan, then what?

In years of average rainfall, when pumps at the south end of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta lift water to two parallel aqueducts to begin the journey to Central Valley fields and Southern California households, the suction reverses the flow of the San Joaquin River, one of the state’s two main freshwater arteries.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Brown: Water woes have deep roots

Gov. Jerry Brown went back to the future Wednesday, saying water problems have confronted him, his father’s governorship and their predecessors as they sought ways to get northern water to the south.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown to water tunnels critics: ‘Shut up’

Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that critics of his twin tunnels water diversion plan should “shut up” until they spend more time studying it, defending the project and strict water conservation rules as California grapples with a fourth year of drought.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Gov. Brown’s revised water project heavily criticized (with audio)

Governor Brown sold his plan to build two tunnels in the Delta with the promise that habitat would be restored.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Environmentalists criticize changes to California Delta plan

Environmentalists on Thursday criticized a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to dramatically scale back wildlife habitat restoration involved in a massive tunnel project intended to channel fresh water around California’s delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown’s revised water tunnels plan adds political problems

For years, Gov. Jerry Brown used the promise of habitat restoration to broaden the appeal of his plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Giant tunnels planned for delta ‘must move forward,’ Brown says

As the hub of California’s sprawling water system, the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta has been the focus of the state’s water fights for decades.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: New $17 billion Delta tunnels plan with less environmental restoration unveiled by Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday unveiled a new version of his besieged plan to build massive tunnels under the Delta, this time significantly reducing the project’s environmental restoration work.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California cuts habitat fix for Delta project

California officials have dramatically scaled back the habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions of people.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown set to unveil scaled-back Delta conservation plan

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to announce Thursday that the state is substantially trimming the amount of fish and wildlife habitat it plans to restore in connection with a controversial project to replumb the heart of California’s water system.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Activists decry plan to cut habitat aid from delta tunnel project

Environmental groups Monday blasted a proposal by the state to jettison the habitat restoration portion of the massive delta water tunnel project as an ill-conceived “bait and switch” that will only make California’s water woes worse.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Jerry Brown needs new water strategy — no tunnels

California needs Gov. Jerry Brown’s leadership to deal with the worst drought in state history. The state has to reset its water priorities to match both current and worst-case long-term needs. But Brown can’t make that happen as long as he clings to his $25 billion, twin-tunnel proposal to carry Delta water south.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Brown shouldn’t leave eco goals out of new Delta plan

As Gov. Jerry Brown tries to salvage the $25 billion project to build twin tunnels through the Delta, he should keep in mind that it won’t be acceptable to give up its environmental goals.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Brown confirms change in water tunnels plan (with video)

Gov. Jerry Brown confirmed Saturday that his administration has changed its permitting approach for his controversial plan to build a pair of massive tunnels to divert water around the Delta to the south.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta tunnels — Major changes to environmental restoration could endanger Brown’s water plan

Gov. Jerry Brown has billed his $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Delta as a way to not just make it easier to move water from north to south, but also increase the reliability of water supplies and bring back salmon and other endangered species.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: $25-billion Sacramento-San Joaquin delta tunnel project reexamined

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is overhauling its proposal for a controversial tunnel project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta in the wake of doubts about whether water exporters can meet stringent federal conditions for operating the system over a 50-year period.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Drought will prove a formidable opponent in Brown’s final term

Even while [Gov. Jerry] Brown faces the short-term consequences of the drought — including the potential for budget-draining wildfires and decreased agricultural production — he is pursuing long-term projects that he says will strengthen California’s highly engineered water systems.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Delta decisions must be made in the open

[The Delta Counties] Coalition leaders have met with policymakers, local governments, and water and environmental stakeholders to discuss alternatives to building a taxpayer-funded, multibillion-dollar twin tunnels project that has been negotiated without broad input, violates state and federal environmental law, and won’t deliver a single drop of new water. As a result, we have developed a statewide solution that genuinely meets the criteria of the 2009 law that established co-equal goals of water supply reliability and restoring the Delta ecosystem.

Aquafornia news Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Blog: What does California’s drought mean for proposed Bay-Delta tunnels?

The drought has been a proverbial punch in the mouth, and the drought – and California’s response to it – raise important questions about the viability and wisdom of the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). So what does that punch in the mouth (drought) mean for BDCP?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: We deserve to hear both sides of debate on Delta tunnels

In December 2013, state and federal agencies released 40,000 pages of consultant-prepared analysis and advocacy for the Delta tunnels as part of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. … Since the federal and state BDCP agencies are not airing both sides of the issue, Friends of the River is now doing the government’s job of informing the public. 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Group obtains, posts Twin Tunnels comments

Claiming it is “doing the government’s job,” an environmental group this week finished posting online nearly 1,000 of the most complex public comments received last year on Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build Twin Tunnels beneath the Delta.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

DWR head tells Chico water crowd to stay focused

“Whether we like it or not, our world is changing,” said Mark Cowin, director of the Department of Water Resources, who was in Chico Friday for the annual meeting of Northern California Water Association.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Blog: Brown earns mostly praise in Field Poll

Big projects like the High-Speed Rail and delta tunnels may have contributed to some voter criticism.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Field Poll — Jerry Brown riding high, but not his big projects

The poll comes as [Gov. Jerry] Brown, starting his fourth and final term, pursues two controversial infrastructure projects: construction of a $68 billion high-speed rail system and a pair of massive tunnels to divert water around the Delta to the south.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: Delta tunnels — High cost to Santa Clara Valley but no more water

Californians for Water Security, despite talking a good game on social media about fixing California’s aging water infrastructure, is actually supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s $60-plus billion Delta tunnels project.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: On train, tunnel, Newsom would change course from Brown

The two Democrats see eye-to-eye on many things, but not on the train or the tunnels.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Commentary: Brown’s tunnel vision could sink taxpayers

In his fourth and final term, Gov. Jerry Brown intends to start drilling two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Estimated cost: $25 billion.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: Delta plan — New coalition supports the governor’s twin tunnels

As part of the newly formed Californians for Water Security, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group has joined a coalition of farmers, businesses and labor, environmental and water leaders to support the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Gov. Jerry Brown’s bold strategy to fix the state’s deteriorating water distribution system.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

LAO report looks at state’s goals in Delta

The report, “Achieving State Goals for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,” examines past initiatives to address Delta problems, including the peripheral canal proposed in the 1980s and the CALFED Bay-Delta Program created in 1994. It also looks at current efforts such as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: ‘Substantial’ ad campaign for twin tunnels

A group calling itself Californians for Water Security launched a public relations campaign today in support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels project.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: The forecast: Blowing hot? Cold? Only Gov. Brown knows

Throughout Gov. Jerry Brown’s record-length political career, we’ve never known quite what to expect. What’s real and what’s not? … Brown is determined to re-plumb the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a tough task politically that he attempted three decades ago until stopped by voters. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Revised plan for Delta tunnels is still a bad idea

As the state agency serving as the “Voice of the Delta,” the Delta Protection Commission has been a skeptic of the governor’s proposed plan to build two 30-mile-long, 40-foot-wide tunnels to divert Sacramento River water from locations near Clarksburg and Hood to the water export pumps in the south Delta.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Editorial: For California’s Gov. Brown, balance won’t be easy to keep

The most welcome words in Gov. Jerry Brown’s combined inaugural and State of the State speech Monday morning came at the beginning and the end, in which Brown urged caution with California’s “precariously” balanced budget, saying lawmakers must “build for the future, not steal from it.”

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California governor toughens climate-change goals

As he was sworn in for a record fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown charted an ambitious new goal on Monday for California in its fight against climate change, challenging the nation’s most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the next 15 years. … Brown spoke of the state’s need to address long-term water issues …

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Tough budget choices await Jerry Brown and Legislature

Jerry Brown takes his fourth and final oath of office as California governor on Monday, and members of the Assembly and state Senate, having been sworn in last month, are gearing up for Brown’s 13th state budget proposal. … The tunnels project, in fact, links three eras of California …

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Delta tunnels in best environmental and economic interest of California

Former state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg recently noted the Legislature’s success in producing much needed groundwater legislation and the water bond, which was heartily endorsed by voters throughout the state last November. … Finding a solution to the problems of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will likewise require a statewide perspective and willingness to compromise.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Jerry Brown looks to carry on his family’s legacy building California

[Gov. Jerry] Brown is focused, at least in part, on endeavors that would outlast him: a bullet train linking the Bay Area with Los Angeles, a proposal for twin tunnels to move water around the state, bolder efforts to battle climate change. He ties these forward-looking projects to the pioneering drive that led his ancestors to California.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Water agencies and Restore the Delta react to Bay Delta Conservation Plan revisions

Last Friday, the California Natural Resources Agency announced changes to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, most notably the elimination of the pumping plants and instead, using a gravity flow diversion. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Pumps dropped from Delta water tunnel plan

The massive water diversion tunnels proposed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have undergone another major design change aimed at appeasing local residents: The three intakes planned on the Sacramento River will no longer require pumps.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: State Water Project contract negotiations set to begin over proposed BDCP amendments

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today [Nov. 24] it will begin negotiations with State Water Project (SWP) Contractors in December on proposed amendments that would modify SWP water supply contracts.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tunnels report carries caveats

The cost of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels generally falls within water users’ ability to pay, according to a new analysis that is nevertheless riddled with caveats and warnings.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Customers would pay for water tunnels

A huge conservation project that includes building two massive tunnels to carry water to California farms and communities can only be funded if local water agencies agree to make fixed payments — even during dry periods when deliveries are reduced, state officials said Friday.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

Calif. officials release financing plan for twin tunnels (with video)

Customers of California’s proposed twin-tunnel water project would have to make billions of dollars in fixed payments each year, even during dry periods when water levels run low, state officials said Friday.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Metropolitan Water District, Restore the Delta, and the State Water Contractors react to release of BDCP financing report

There really wasn’t much of a reaction to the report on BDCP funding that was released on Friday. (You can read the press release here, and the media call transcript here.)

Aquafornia news Bay Delta Conservation Plan

News Release: California Treasurer’s Office releases report on BDCP affordability and financing

The California State Treasurer’s Office released The Bay Delta Conveyance Facility: Affordability and Financing Considerations, a study of affordability for the water facility construction proposed in the Public Review Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). This independent study, requested by the California Natural Resources Agency, was commissioned by the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (CDIAC), chaired by State Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Jerry Brown looks to solidify legacy with big state projects

Fresh off winning a historic fourth term as governor, Jerry Brown plans to push ahead with a pair of projects that could transform the California landscape: high-speed rail and delta water tunnels.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Jerry Brown plans final touches on legacy as California governor

[Gov. Jerry] Brown will face a series of challenges as he presses forward. There’s vocal opposition to a $25-billion proposal for massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a project the governor has pitched as crucial to the state’s water system.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Amid California’s drought, a bruising battle for cheap water

The signs appear about 200 miles north of Los Angeles, tacked onto old farm wagons parked along quiet two-lane roads and bustling Interstate 5. “Congress Created Dust Bowl.” “Stop the Politicians’ Water Crisis.” “No Water No Jobs.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown takes the long view on water

Battles over water rights, wet years flowing into dry ones, Jerry Brown gubernatorial tenures – in California, some storylines recur.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Jerry Brown has a huge opportunity, assuming he wins his fourth term, and we do

Gov. Jerry Brown’s run for a fourth term may be the quietest gubernatorial campaign since Earl Warren ran as a Republican and Democrat and won with 90 percent of the vote in 1946. … We remain skeptical of Brown’s proposal to build twin tunnels to move water past the Delta.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

DWR: Progress on Delta tunnels

California’s top water official told a key gathering of south state water representatives that “hard-earned progress” is being made on the Brown administration’s controversial plan to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Western Water Magazine

Finding a Vision for the Delta
March/April 2008

This printed copy of Western Water examines the Delta through the many ongoing activities focusing on it, most notably the Delta Vision process. Many hours of testimony, research, legal proceedings, public hearings and discussion have occurred and will continue as the state seeks the ultimate solution to the problems tied to the Delta.

Western Water Magazine

Delta Conveyance: The Debate Continues
March/April 2009

This printed issue of Western Water provides an overview of the idea of a dual conveyance facility, including questions surrounding its cost, operation and governance

Western Water Magazine

Changing the Status Quo: The 2009 Water Package
January/February 2010

This printed issue of Western Water looks at some of the pieces of the 2009 water legislation, including the Delta Stewardship Council, the new requirements for groundwater monitoring and the proposed water bond.

Western Water Magazine

How Much Water Does the Delta Need?
July/August 2012

This printed issue of Western Water examines the issues associated with the State Water Board’s proposed revision of the water quality Bay-Delta Plan, most notably the question of whether additional flows are needed for the system, and how they might be provided.

Western Water Magazine

Meeting the Co-equal Goals? The Bay Delta Conservation Plan
May/June 2013

This issue of Western Water looks at the BDCP and the Coalition to Support Delta Projects, issues that are aimed at improving the health and safety of the Delta while solidifying California’s long-term water supply reliability.

Western Water Magazine

Ante Up: Funding California’s Water
May/June 2014

This printed issue of Western Water looks at how water use is paid for and the push to make public financing more flexible.

Video

A Climate of Change: Water Adaptation Strategies

This 25-minute documentary-style DVD, developed in partnership with the California Department of Water Resources, provides an excellent overview of climate change and how it is already affecting California. The DVD also explains what scientists anticipate in the future related to sea level rise and precipitation/runoff changes and explores the efforts that are underway to plan and adapt to climate.

Video

Delta Warning

15-minute DVD that graphically portrays the potential disaster should a major earthquake hit the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. “Delta Warning” depicts what would happen in the event of an earthquake registering 6.5 on the Richter scale: 30 levee breaks, 16 flooded islands and a 300 billion gallon intrusion of salt water from the Bay – the “big gulp” – which would shut down the State Water Project and Central Valley Project pumping plants.

Video

Water on the Edge (30-minute VHS)

A 30-minute version of the 2005 PBS documentary Water on the Edge. This video is ideal for showing at community forums and speaking engagements to help the public understand the complex issues surrounding the New River.

Video

Water on the Edge (60-minute VHS)

Water truly has shaped California into the great state it is today. And if it is water that made California great, it’s the fight over – and with – water that also makes it so critically important. In efforts to remap California’s circulatory system, there have been some critical events that had a profound impact on California’s water history. These turning points not only forced a re-evaluation of water, but continue to impact the lives of every Californian. This 2005 PBS documentary offers a historical and current look at the major water issues that shaped the state we know today. Includes a 12-page viewer’s guide with background information, historic timeline and a teacher’s lesson.

Video

Water on the Edge (60-minute DVD)

Water truly has shaped California into the great state it is today. And if it is water that made California great, it’s the fight over – and with – water that also makes it so critically important. In efforts to remap California’s circulatory system, there have been some critical events that had a profound impact on California’s water history. These turning points not only forced a re-evaluation of water, but continue to impact the lives of every Californian. This 2005 PBS documentary offers a historical and current look at the major water issues that shaped the state we know today. Includes a 12-page viewer’s guide with background information, historic timeline and a teacher’s lesson.

Maps & Posters

Delta Sustainability Map
Published 2006

This beautifully illustrated 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing and display in any office or classroom, focuses on the theme of Delta sustainability.

The text, photos and graphics explain issues related to land subsidence, levees and flooding, urbanization and fish and wildlife protection. An inset map illustrates the tidal action that increases the salinity of the Delta’s waterways. Development of the map was funded by a grant from the California Bay-Delta Authority.

Maps & Posters

The Delta Map
Released Oct. 2001

The Delta, convergence of California’s two great water delivery systems and major rivers is depicted in this 36×24 inch map. The map graphically depicts the importance of the Delta — what it is, where it is and how water flows through the area. The 2001 map now includes Delta waterways, pumping facilities and canals, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, and many proposed projects and studies in CALFED’s 2000 Record of Decision. 

Maps & Posters

Water Cycle Poster

Water as a renewable resource is depicted in this 18×24 inch poster. Water is renewed again and again by the natural hydrologic cycle where water evaporates, transpires from plants, rises to form clouds, and returns to the earth as precipitation. Excellent for elementary school classroom use.

Maps & Posters

Invasive Species Poster Set

One copy of the Space Invaders and one copy of the Unwelcome Visitors poster for a special price.

Maps & Posters

Unwelcome Visitors

This 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, explains how non-native invasive animals can alter the natural ecosystem, leading to the demise of native animals. “Unwelcome Visitors” features photos and information on four such species – including the zerbra mussel – and explains the environmental and economic threats posed by these species.

Maps & Posters

Space Invaders

This 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, explains how non-native invasive plants can alter the natural ecosystem, leading to the demise of native plants and animals. “Space Invaders” features photos and information on six non-native plants that have caused widespread problems in the Bay-Delta Estuary and elsewhere.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to the State Water Project
Updated 2013

The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to the State Water Project provides an overview of the California-funded and constructed State Water Project.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to the Delta
Updated 2010

The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to the Delta explores the competing uses and demands on California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Included in the guide are sections on the history of the Delta, its role in the state’s water system, and its many complex and competing issues with sections on water quality, levees, salinity and agricultural drainage, and water distribution.

Maps & Posters

California Water Map
Updated December 2016

A new look for our most popular product! And it’s the perfect gift for the water wonk in your life.

Our 24×36 inch California Water Map is widely known for being the definitive poster that shows the integral role water plays in the state. On this updated version, it is easier to see California’s natural waterways and man-made reservoirs and aqueducts – including federally, state and locally funded projects – the wild and scenic rivers system, and natural lakes. The map features beautiful photos of California’s natural environment, rivers, water projects, wildlife, and urban and agricultural uses and the text focuses on key issues: water supply, water use, water projects, the Delta, wild and scenic rivers and the Colorado River.

Aquapedia background

CALFED

CALFED

CALFED began as a cooperative state-federal planning effort between water, environmental, state and federal officials involved in the 1994 Bay-Delta Accord.

That accord aimed to protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and provide water to urban and agricultural interests.

Today, as part of the Delta Reform Act of 2009, the Delta Stewardship Council has in effect taken on the CALFED mission.

Aquapedia background

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a permitting process for long-term project permits for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that centers on co-equal goals of species conservation and improving water supplies and delivery.

The BDCP aims to separate its water delivery system from Delta freshwater flows and restore thousands of acres of habitat, restore river flows to more natural patterns and address issues affecting the health of fish populations.

Western Water Excerpt Gary Pitzer Rita Schmidt Sudman

Meeting the Co-equal Goals? The Bay Delta Conservation Plan
May/June 2013

For years, California has struggled with how to provide water to its citizens from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in a way that allows for a reliable supply while attending to the needs of the environment and the Delta community. A complex, controversial and expensive process called the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is in the spotlight as the lead federal and state agencies move toward choosing an option that will have a lasting impact.

General information

All about the Delta

All about the Delta

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