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
California Water Fix faces one less obstacle, following voters’
rejection of Proposition 53, which would have required a
statewide vote for any state project financed by more than $2
billion in revenue bonds. It’s unclear how a Donald Trump
presidency will impact the twin tunnels.
Gov. Jerry Brown has been appearing on the air and on the
campaign trail all over California to defeat one of the state’s
most hotly contested ballot measures — Proposition 53. It would
require voter approval on expensive infrastructure projects
that are considered linchpins in Brown’s legacy, including
high-speed rail and the Delta water tunnels, a plan to divert
water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to Southern
Gov. Jerry Brown is no fan of California’s Proposition 53. The
measure would require the state to place a public works project
of $2 billion or more up for a statewide vote before using
revenue bonds to pay for it.
[Dean] Cortopassi insists that no particular public
works project inspired Proposition 53 but admits he thinks
two particular proposals should have a statewide vote if they
end up relying on big revenue bonds: California’s plans to
build a high-speed train system and the sweeping
proposal to build twin underground tunnels to transport
water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region.
With less than three weeks until Election Day, Gov. Jerry Brown
and his political allies are suddenly pumping money into
the campaign to defeat Proposition 53, a previously low-profile
measure that could be the death knell of Brown’s high-speed
rail and Delta tunnels projects.
Tensions over unanswered questions on how California’s largest
water district might help pay for two proposed giant water
tunnels boiled over into cursing at a meeting of the water
district’s board members.
A proposition that a prosperous farmer brought to the
California ballot would threaten two ambitious water and rail
projects that Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing, requiring voters’ OK
before launching any state building project requiring $2
billion or more in revenue bonds.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to
carry water across the state is only economically feasible if
the federal government pays for nearly a third of it, according
to a previously unreleased economic analysis.
Giant tunnels that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to build to haul
water across California are economically feasible only if the
federal government bears a third of the nearly $16 billion cost
because local water districts may not benefit as expected,
according to an analysis that the state commissioned last year
but never released.
Water, or the lack of it, has emerged as one of the greatest
sources of stress for California, its people and its native
species. … But state officials have proposed a solution – a
massive hydroengineering project dubbed California WaterFix.
Its two giant tunnels will divert water from the Sacramento
River toward Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and farms in the San
A prominent Sacramento-area economist says Gov. Jerry Brown’s
$15.5 billion plan to overhaul the troubled Sacramento-San
Joaquin Delta doesn’t make financial sense, with costs far
outweighing the benefits.
Critics and a state lawmaker say they want more explanations on
who’s paying for a proposed $16 billion water project backed by
Gov. Jerry Brown, after a leading California water district
said Brown’s administration was offering government funding to
finish the planning for the two giant water tunnels.
Calling for more scrutiny of one of the largest proposed
infrastructure projects in California history, legislators from
up and down the state on Wednesday approved a financial audit
of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15 billion Delta tunnels.
California officials Tuesday released a detailed environmental
blueprint for Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta tunnels
project, saying the $15.5 billion plan “minimizes potential
effects” on endangered fish species whose populations have
dwindled following decades of water pumping.
Representatives of California Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama
administration began making their pitch for approval Tuesday to
build a pair of massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San
Joaquin River Delta.
By the time the Sacramento River winds its more-than-400-mile
course from the slopes of Mount Shasta past the state capital,
it’s well into its leisurely stride, running slowly by fields
of sweet corn, tomatoes and alfalfa. But this lazy stretch of
river, just south of Sacramento, is a metaphorical whitewater.
Marking the first full-scale public examination of the
[California WaterFix] proposal, the hearings before the
State Water Resources Control Board are focused on a
comparatively narrow issue: whether California’s giant
water-delivery projects should be allowed to carve three new
intake points in the north Delta to pull water from the
Sacramento River and feed into the proposed tunnels.
This week, Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial water project
is back in the public eye. State officials are launching a
marathon series of hearings for the “twin tunnels,” as they’re
known, that will ultimately decide the fate of the project.
When testimony begins Tuesday in a months-long hearing that
could decide the fate of the $15 billion Delta water tunnels,
amid all the acronyms and complexities and water-wonk jargon
there will be a simple, consistent theme: Trust. Or
Still swirling in controversy, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed
$15.5 billion re-engineering of the troubled Sacramento-San
Joaquin Delta is heading into a critical phase over the next
year that could well decide if the project comes to fruition.
Crunch time starts Tuesday.
California officials don’t have to pay property owners to
access their land to conduct preliminary testing before
deciding whether to move forward with a $15.7 billion plan to
build two giant water tunnels to supply drinking water for
cities and irrigation for farmers, the California Supreme Court
ruled Thursday. … Officials promoting the tunnels will
present plans to state water regulators in hearings starting
In a win for the state, the California Supreme Court declared
Thursday that the state has the right to go on private property
for soil and environmental testing as part of a plan to divert
fresh water under or around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on
its way to Central and Southern California.
The California Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for state
water authorities to do environmental and geological
testing on private land for a proposed project
to divert Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water to the south.
The California Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling Thursday
that could add millions of dollars to the cost of the
governor’s $15.7 billion plan to build two giant water tunnels
in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
A Southern California agency that provides drinking water for
19 million people officially became a substantial Delta
landowner for the first time Monday after escrow closed on its
$175 million purchase of several large islands.
Four islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and a
chunk of a fifth are now officially the property of the
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, district
officials announced Monday.
Working from a bland, windowless office on the 13th floor of
the Resources Building, one of California’s newest state
employees focuses on the one issue from which all else flows,
water. Bruce Babbitt has signed on to help Jerry Brown fix what
the governor calls the California WaterFix.
The sale of four Delta islands to Southern California’s largest
water district was put back on hold Friday by an appeals court
as Northern California opponents plan to take their case to the
state Supreme Court.
Two of Gov. Jerry Brown’s favorite projects — building a
high-speed rail system and a pair of massive tunnels under the
Delta — face a serious threat if California voters pass a
measure heading for the November ballot.
A long-sought plan to restore the Delta’s ailing environment
and bolster the reliability of its water supplies was declared
invalid by a judge Friday, possibly throwing another wrench in
the governor’s plan for water tunnels through the region.
A judge clarified late Thursday that a sweeping 21st century
plan for the Delta is “invalid,” a decision applauded by Delta
advocates who had argued the plan didn’t go far enough to
protect the fragile estuary from massive water exports.
In a decision that could delay or complicate Gov. Jerry Brown’s
plan to build two huge tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin
Delta, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a comprehensive
management plan for the estuary is no longer valid. … State
officials say they plan to appeal.
Judge Michael Kenny of the Sacramento Superior Court today
ruled that the Delta Plan is “invalid” after a successful legal
challenge by multiple Delta parties who argued that the
controversial plan is not protective of the water quality or
the fish species that depend on fresh water flows for their
In California’s 3rd Senate District, two colors stand out: blue
and green. Blue for water, green for money. … The Brown
administration’s plan to build tunnels in the delta to carry
northern water south is the single most controversial issue in
With months of contentious hearings ahead this summer, state
and federal officials this week filed documents laying out
their case that construction of two huge tunnels through the
heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta would not harm north
state water users.
A judge has upheld major provisions of a state plan that lays
out a long-term strategy for managing the Sacramento-San
Joaquin Delta, rejecting most complaints included in a cluster
of long-standing lawsuits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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,” …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
[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.
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?
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.
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.
“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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
[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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 issues
with sections on water quality, levees, salinity and agricultural
drainage, fish and wildlife, and water distribution.