“California water officials on Monday released a draft of a $24.7 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in part by building two 30-mile underground tunnels to ensure stable water delivery to millions of Californians.”
“The public review Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) have been posted to www.BayDeltaConservationPlan.com in anticipation of the formal public review and comment period, which begins on Friday, December 13, 2013.
“The Draft BDCP Highlights brochure and Draft EIR/EIS Highlights brochure are also available.”
“The state of California and its federal partners have announced the release of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for formal public review. This is a significant milestone in the effort to restore ecosystem health and secure reliable water supplies for California.
“This week, the state is expected to release a draft of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan for the Delta. It is the first time since the old peripheral canal wars of the 1970s and early ’80s that a comparable proposal will have been formally introduced.”
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog, in a post by Tib Belza, Chair, Bay-Delta Task Force:
“With the state and federal agencies releasing the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) this week, the leaders in the North State are unified in our commitment to statewide water solutions that protect the economy, environment and quality of life in Northern California. The North State Water Alliance this week continues our call for the Governor to develop an innovative and comprehensive statewide water plan.
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Darrell Fong:
“Gov. Jerry Brown and major water interests from Southern California and the Central Valley are trying to sell a proposal to the residents of Sacramento and other Delta communities to allow the construction of twin underground tunnels costing $25 billion to siphon water from the Sacramento River and deliver it to farms and cities to the south.
“The new page explains the relationship between the Delta Plan and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) including links to statutes detailing the roles and responsibilities of the DSC and Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) regarding their respective reviews of the BDCP.
“Also included is DSC and Delta ISB correspondence regarding the BDCP, as well as reports, documents, and presentations made during DSC and Delta ISB meetings.
“It’s not likely to be the hottest item at Tuesday night’s [Stockton] City Council meeting, but for the record, the Council will hear a report about state and federal legislative priorities for the coming year.
“And according to a red-line version in the agenda packet (flip to page 762), the need to protect the Delta will be the city’s second-highest priority in 2014, ahead even of bankruptcy issues.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Dennis McEwan:
“‘Denny, you and your environmentalist buddies better vote for this thing, ’cause it’s the best deal you’re ever going to get.’
“Those words were spoken by my father in 1982, extolling me to vote ‘yes’ on Proposition 9, the referendum on the peripheral canal. He was a 30-plus-year, veteran engineer with the California Department of Water Resources, and I was a 20-something idealistic college student majoring in conservation biology.
“California is having the wrong debate about the future of one of its most valuable assets, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which produces water for much of the state and about half of Silicon Valley.
“The battle for the better part of the last two years has been about how big a new conveyance system — probably tunnels — should be … The focus instead should be the operating conditions for the Delta …”