The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water voted a unanimous “YES” this week on 2-Gates AJR-38.
AJR-38 says “This measure would request the United States Department of the Interior to prioritize completion of its study of the Two-Gates Fish Protection Demonstration Project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. … The project should be expeditiously analyzed … and, if viable, implemented.”
The unanimous senate committee vote means passage by the Senate is likely. Even committee member Senator Lois Wolk, typically a strong supporter of the Delta voted YES. This is after the senate committee analysis clearly stated the objections the Delta communities have raised:
- “Opponents argue that the science does not support moving forward with the project. They question why the state would attempt to restart a project determined not to be viable and one that has serious impacts on the Delta and its communities. In particular, they note that the project, by blocking Old River and Connection Slough, would pose serious navigation problems, not just for recreational boaters, but for emergency marine response crews as well.”
Hearing our grave concerns, why would the legislature even consider continuing this study?
The legislature needs to push for real solutions, not spending money to study projects that should never be implemented.
Sounds like the special interest water groups have more pull on our legislators than common sense.
The list of those who are pushing AJR-38:
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Southern California Water Committee
Association of California Water Agencies
Chambers of Commerce Alliance (Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties)
City of San Diego
Those who oppose it:
Contra Costa County
Recreational Boaters of California
If you are concerned about a re-start to the 2-Gates Project, copy the paragraph below referencing the AJR-38 Analysis Report opposition statement into your Senator’s “Contact Me” comments section (or replace with your own words) .
For Discovery Bay residents, go to Mark DeSaulnier’s Website.
The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water reported that there is serious opposition to AJR-38 including that the science does not support moving forward with the project. Opponents question why the state would attempt to restart a project determined not to be viable and one that has serious impacts on the Delta and its communities. In particular, they note that the project, by blocking Old River and Connection Slough, would pose serious navigation problems, not just for recreational boaters, but for emergency marine response crews as well. I urge you to vote “NO” for AJR-38.
Click here to view the complete analysis.
UPDATE 8/16 from Senator Wolk’s office: Senator Wolk agrees with the analysis of AJR 38 [which pointed out the concerns and issues Delta communities have with AJR-38] and made many of those points in Committee. The Author agreed to take some amendments during the hearing which made Senator Wolk more comfortable with the bill. The amendments effectively stripped AJR 38 of the provision requiring “prioritization” of the study. Now the language simply states that the study should be completed. It’s now just like any other proposal that comes before the Bureau, and will be prioritized based on merit (which as we understand it, this project has very little merit).