“Jerry Meral, Gov. Jerry Brown’s top water official and a major figure in the controversial, $25 billion water project proposed by the governor, will retire at the end of the month, the Brown administration confirmed Saturday.”
“At the heart of California’s vast and complex plumbing system, and the plan to re-engineer it with two tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, are two truths. The first is that failing to take any action at all will result in almost certain disaster.
“Simple fact: Nothing is more important to the economy of San Diego and all of California than a reliable supply of water. But the intensely controversial proposal of Gov. Jerry Brown to achieve greater reliability through environmental restoration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — the hub of California’s massive water system — and re-engineering of the delta’s intricate plumbing increasingly appears unworkable.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“Developed from seven years of analysis and hundreds of public meetings, the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan is now available for public review and comment. … The comment period will run from December 13, 2013 through April 14, 2014. The plan aims to restore ecosystem health in the Delta and secure reliable water supplies for California.
From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog in a post by Karla Nemeth, California Natural Resources Agency:
In light of the importance of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to most Californians, we thought it time to address some of the stubborn ‘urban myths’ that are being perpetuated about the BDCP. We encourage Californians to get involved with understanding the proposed plan and investigate the details for themselves.
“Good water policy in California requires an open discussion of facts.
From the Alex Breitler Environment blog, the Stockton Record:
“On Monday, a state appeals court will hear oral arguments from state officials and attorneys representing Delta landowners, who for years have resisted efforts by the Department of Water Resources to come onto their land and conduct environmental tests needed to build the twin tunnels.”
“A contentious project to divert water supplied to Southern California past an ecologically sensitive river delta moved a step closer to fruition Monday, as state and federal officials unveiled a draft final environmental analysis.
“Under the $25 billion plan, which is backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, two 30-mile-long tunnels would bypass the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Northern California.”
“Does anyone really understand the Bay Delta Conservation Plan?
“Yes, we know the plan that the state formally released this week involves restoring habitat in the delta down where the Sacramento River meets the bay, along with a pair of tunnels proponents hope will work more reliably and less destructively than the long-running system of pumping North State water through the delta itself.
“Despite the state’s 34,000-page draft environmental impact study, fundamental questions remain unanswered about the proposal to build two huge tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to points south.
“The basic financial framework, for example, remains unresolved.”
“The Brown administration released an environmental study on Monday of its $25 billion plan that includes two massive tunnels to move water from Northern California to other parts of the state. … We’ll discuss what’s in the proposal, which will undergo a four-month public comment period before being finalized.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Assembly Member Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento):
“Unlike the agreement we reached with the East Bay Municipal Utility District that served the interests of all parties, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the proposed enormous water export tunnels supported by the water contractors would give assured benefits to those who would take water out of the Delta while leaving Northern California and Delta parties with only uncertainty and risk.
“A new future for the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was laid out for public review Monday in 34,000 sprawling pages of analysis associated with two giant water-diversion tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The question now for the public and policy makers: Is this the future they want?”