“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.”
“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.”
“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?”
“The proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California has reached a significant milestone. The state has released the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for formal public review.”
“Find those reading glasses and take a comfy seat. Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration on Monday released more than 34,000 pages detailing his plan to divert water away from the Delta through two giant tunnels. …
“But the release of the documents does mean the public soon will have its first formal opportunity to comment on the $24.7 billion plan, which has been under development for seven years.”
“A $25-billion proposal to re-engineer the hub of California’s sprawling water system may not yield all the water that San Joaquin Valley farmers and Southland cities want, leaving open the question of whether the massive project will be built. …
“Totaling more than 30,000 pages, the drafts underscore the many uncertainties about a project that has been in the planning stages for years and is a centerpiece of Gov.