Stewardship Council actions threaten Delta water, ecosystem

Over the objections of Delta residents and environmental groups, including Restore the Delta, the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) endorsed proposed conveyance and storage amendments to the Delta Plan yesterday that aid the Brown Administration and special interest water districts attempting to fast-track the Delta Tunnels (also known as “California WaterFix”) proposal.

Individuals and groups opposed to the Delta Tunnels proposal requested the Council to follow Delta Reform Act mandates to reduce reliance on the Delta, invest in existing levees, protect fish, and stop the damage from operation of the state and federal water pumps near Tracy.

The council’s actions threaten to reduce local water supply reliability in order to supply areas hundred of miles away that that have failed to sustainably manage local water supplies. The Council also failed to complete a basic assessment demonstrating availability of water and cost-benefit for ratepayers, and has left state environmental justice policies unaddressed.

In a statement released yesterday, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, charged the Governor’s office with focusing “solely on creating winners and losers in California in regards to who will get water. Thus far, Delta urban and farming communities, and California’s endangered fisheries are being set up to be the losers. But we will continue to fight back in the courts and in the court of public opinion.”

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