Posted by: Jan | March 2, 2010

Delta Residents told to Ready for Water War


Central Valley Business Times Article:

    Residents of the Discovery Bay area of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta were warned Monday night that powerful, unnamed, forces from Southern California are waiting to spring a massive peripheral canal on them.

    Such a canal would be bigger than the Panama Canal and would send fresh water around the Delta to pumps that would transfer it to the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.

    Much of the Discovery Bay opposition keys in on what is dubbed the “Two Gates Project” that would construct dams in the Delta to divert the flow of water.

    The project, which seemed to be on the fast track last fall, now seems stalled.

    But leaders of the [Save the California Delta Alliance – formerly the] Save the San Francisco Bay and Delta Foundation say it’s merely a lull in a water war pitting Southern California interests against the landowners in the Delta.

    “We’ve won some good battles, but we haven’t won the war yet,” says Mike Guzzardo, spokesman for the Save the San Francisco Bay and Delta Foundation. “It can change week by week. We just can’t let it go and assume we’ve won.”

Click here to see an interview with Mr. Guzzardo taped at Monday night’s SFBDF meeting in Discovery Bay.

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