If one of these four Delta islands is planned to be a giant muck pond, that could be horrible! In a new article on the controversial sale of four Delta islands to Metropolitan Water District, it says: “One of the islands also could serve as a temporary repository for the mounds of dirt (the muck) the project would create,” referring to the Delta Tunnel project. Wait – what?
If they use Web Tract or Holland Tract, the poor residents of Bethel Island will have smelly winds. If Holland Tract or Bacon Island, extend that to Oakley, Knightsen, etc. For boaters, Holland and Bacon Island are right next to favorite anchorages. All are near popular marinas and boating waterways. Yuk.
If it is true that there is a plan to use one of these for their muck ponds, it’s nothing that has been put in the project plan that underwent public review. The project was being sold on the merits of two islands used as reservoirs during wet years to release in dry years, two used as “habitat islands,” (although independent review by the county discounted any real environmental benefit from how the habitat islands are being planned).