“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
“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
“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