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Internal memo reveals ‘the fix is in’ on Delta tunnel plan

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by Dan Bacher

Advocates for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, Central Valley salmon and openness and transparency in government have often stated that the “fix is in” on Governor Jerry Brown’s peripheral tunnel plan.

Their contention that the process is rigged and unjustly manipulated by state officials and water contractors was only confirmed in a May 6 memorandum sent to Department of Water Resources (DWR) staff from DWR Director Mark Cowin indicating that the Brown administration is stepping up its […]

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California can’t tunnel its way out of drought

California aqueduct. Credit: Don Barrett http://www.flickr.com/photos/donbrr

Crossposted from Restore the Delta. Opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today called the tunnels a flawed solution for a drought-plagued state. The experts criticized the tunnels as an outdated, inappropriate solution to California’s water challenges, one that would create no new water, be of no use in dry years, and drain $70 billion that could otherwise be spent on projects that create […]

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Campaigners call for more consultation as Delta plan costs rise to $67 billion

Sacramento River

By Dan Bacher. Campaigners have called for the Brown Administration to extend the time for citizens to comment on the massive Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) as news emerged that the total costs for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan could be as high as $67 billion.

This new figure was revealed at a Westlands Water District board meeting in November 2013 by a Westlands staff member and a Citigroup bond consultant. It counters the claims by Brown administration officials […]

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10 reasons to oppose the Bay Delta tunnel project

Thanks to Restore the Delta for the suggested points.

It will cost a lot of money: close to $17 billion to construct the Peripheral Tunnels, plus $8 billion for conservation measures. This doesn’t include financing costs over the 50-year term of the project, which bring the total to over $50 billion. When was the last time that you saw a major public works project that didn’t far exceed initial cost estimates? […]

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 Bay Delta Conservation Plan is not the ‘most realistic plan’

Stop the tunnels

by Dan Bacher

Dennis McEwan’s opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee glorifying the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels is a classic example of the triumph of political science over natural science that characterizes the agency that he works for, the Department of Water Resources (DWR).

Nowhere in this piece does the DWR biologist mention that federal agency scientists skewered the BDCP’s draft environmental documents – and have repeatedly said that the […]

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Winnemem Wintu Reject Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Carleen Sisk, chief of the Winnemem Wintu

Chief Caleen Sisk re-affirmed the Winnemem Wintu opposition’s against the construction of the peripheral water export tunnels and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), as Governor Jerry Brown’s administration released the preliminary Environmental Impact Report and the BDCP plan to the public on December 9 2013.

As California’s State Water Project currently operates, far too much water is sucked from the San Francisco/Sacramento Delta, the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast, and sent to the state’s water brokers, who support […]

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The Reporter editorial: Delta Plan misses main point

Vacaville’s The Reporter printed the following editorial that reinforced some of the arguments we have been making against the ill-conceived Bay Delta Plan,, although the proposed solution of desalinization is not a good one:

Editorial: Delta Plan Misses Main Point

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan took a dramatic turn last week, acknowledging some of the concerns of Delta farmers by re-routing a proposed massive tunnel system to affect a smaller area and stay mostly on public land.

That […]

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Peripheral tunnels will provide water for fracking

fracking-water

(Edited version of article by Dan Bacher) There is growing concern that one of the key driving factors behind the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is the water that it will provide for expanding fracking operations.

Certainly the oil industry has been spending plenty of money in Sacramento to push for expansion of oil drilling and fracking across California. The Western States Petroleum Association spent the most on lobbying in Sacramento in the first six months of 2013 […]

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There are alternatives to the Bay Delta Plan

The Bay Delta is home to 225 bird, 52 mammal, 22 reptile and amphibian, and 54 fish species and provides two-thirds of California's drinking water. Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/60024374@N00

C ross-posted from Restore the Delta | The Restore the Delta Coalition, which Alliance for Democracy supports, has put out an alternative proposal to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to meet California’s water needs without further damaging the Bay-Delta ecosystem.

Restore the Delta maintains that the “Responsible Exports Plan” by the Environmental Water Caucus, offers a truly comprehensive plan for both the Delta and the state.

The Environmental Water Caucus (EWC) is a statewide consortium […]

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May 28: Experts to Analyze Costs of Peripheral Tunnels:

Media Advisory | Restore the Delta will present a panel of experts to brief interested media on the cost and financial burden of the proposed Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), including Peripheral Tunnels, at 1:30pm on Tuesday, May 28, as the Brown Administration releases its financial impacts.

The panel will look at key questions such as : Whom would the Peripheral Tunnels benefit? What are the true costs of the Peripheral Tunnels? Who would pay? Is there a more cost-effective solution?

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