Posted by: Jan | December 30, 2012

Delta Plan Comments due before January 14th


Don’t forget to submit any comments to the Delta Plan Final Draft before the January 14th deadline. Email your comments to deltaplancomment@deltacouncil.ca.gov. The PDF of the Final Plan is here. The website with all of the details and appendices is here.

The Plan has a lot of good information, clearly states the problems and issues facing the Delta today and recognizes the Delta as a “place” for communities, boating, and farming as well as being an important ecosystem. However for boaters, while it recognizes the value of boating to the Delta communities and all of Northern California, there is nothing that discussed boaters’ significant concerns and issues which would be caused by restricting navigation such as was planned for the Two Gates project.

In addition, a primary focus for “fixing” the Delta is “habitat restoration” – flooding Delta islands. However, the scientific reviews I have heard and read are concerned that there is no proof that flooding islands does help significantly and it reduces fertile farmland in order to send water to the desert Westland farms that leech selenium and other chemicals and toxic salts so they can expand growing water-intensive crops such as cotton and almond production for export. I for one am not excited to reduce our local wonderful produce in exchange for supporting the growing market for almonds and pistachios in China. I feel there aren’t enough restrictions and guidelines about exporting water and for what.

The comments I submitted are here in case they are useful: Jan’s Comments.

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