“The summer of 2013 was a bad one for fish in the San Joaquin River Delta, and California Sportfishing Protection Alliance Executive Director Bill Jennings says state water pollution cops exacerbated the situation by quietly promising they wouldn’t enforce state water quality standards.
“In particular, Jennings points to a May 29 letter from California Water Quality Control Board Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson to top officials for the State Water Project and the California operations of the U.S.
“Proponents of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan — the multibillion-dollar effort to both restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and replumb it to pipe Sacramento River water south — frequently claim the project isn’t about taking any new water from the North State, but merely ensuring the existing supplies flow more reliably and predictably.
“Well, maybe. But if they ever get those predictable flows, the next thing folks down south will want is more water.
“With Gov. Jerry Brown expected next month to formally propose his twin tunnels project, Stockton-area leaders say it’s time to tell the Delta’s “real story.”
“The Delta Coalition – a diverse group of local politicians, environmentalists, business and farming interests – will host a forum on Monday in the hope of educating both state lawmakers and the general public.”
“Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed water diversion tunnels would pass perhaps 150 feet beneath this very spot, raising questions among crane admirers how this majestic and ancient species – whose numbers have declined over the decades – could coexist with a multiyear industrial project of that magnitude.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The public review draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and accompanying environmental documents are now expected to be released on Dec. 13 for a 120-day formal public review period, state officials announced in an update today [Oct. 28].
“As a joint effort of state and federal agencies preparing the BDCP, the recent shutdown of the federal government and associated staff furloughs have delayed the development, review, and ultimately the release of the Public Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS).
From the Daily Democrat, in a commentary by Rep. John Garamendi:
“California’s aging water infrastructure is insufficient for our present and future needs. Unfortunately, the current Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its two massive tunnels is a destructive $25 billion boondoggle that won’t solve the problem. California can solve its water needs and end the water wars that pit north vs. south and water exporters vs.
From the California WaterBlog in a post by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences:
“Matt Young and Denise De Carion thought they had seen about all there is of fish communities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. … In all their dozens of sampling runs, the story was the same: the Delta supports predominantly non-native species such as bass, catfish and bluegill sunfish – the garden variety found in almost any North American warm-water lake.
From the Planning and Conservation League’s Green Roots blog in a post by Rebecca Crebbin-Coates:
“If you follow water policy, conflict and the Delta are nearly synonymous. Decades of tug-of-war between maintaining adequate in-Delta flows and exporting water south of the Delta have left stakeholders jaded and seemingly unable to find a mutual long-term solution.
“Last fall, these same stakeholders – environmentalists, water exporters, delta residents, and others – cautiously came together to see what they could agree on.
“The state’s $25 billion plan to fix the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is a start, experts told a group of civic, government and business leaders Monday. But much more work is needed to prevent water woes from devastating California’s economy in the long term.
“A workshop convened by the economic development organization Valley Vision, the Sacramento Metro Chamber and others brought leaders together to hear about California’ water challenges.
From the Orange County Register in a commentary by Frank Mickadeit:
“Even as our reporter Pat Brennan was writing last Sunday’s huge front-page curtain-raiser on the state’s $25 billion proposal to radically alter the Sacramento Delta and send more water to Southern California, opposition was conferencing at an Irvine hotel.