The Contra Costa Water District is “selling out” to the DWR/State on the Delta Tunnels.
ACTION(S): Attend the meeting Wednesday April 7 at 6:30 or, if you cannot, send in your complaints via their website contact page. Or do both!
The CCWD signed a “deal” with the DWR is selling the Delta down-the-river. The district had agreed to withdraw its protests against the twin tunnels in exchange for getting a big slug of higher-quality Sacramento River water from the new tunnels.
Really? Well, the water district claims it wouldn’t be getting any more water than before, but just taking some of it directly from the Sacramento.
Let’s think about this. Why would the DWR give CCWD this “free” water? If the CCWD pumps were going to be able to continue to supply water to Los Vaqueros Reservoir for Contra Costa users, what is the problem? The DWR keeps claiming that the new tunnels will not affect Delta water quality, that they would be operated responsibly, blah, blah, blah.
Obviously, by settling, the State is “admitting” that there will be adverse impacts from the California WaterFix project on water quality. That also points out the inadequacy (or errors) of the modeling and environmental impact analyses carried out by DWR and Reclamation.
What can you do? COMPLAIN to the CCWD about this deal.
The CCWD will be holding a public board meeting this week:
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
6:30 – 9:00 PM (Meet at 6:20 if you want to group with others protesting the action)
Where: 1331 Concord Avenue, Concord, CA
That is the best way to insure they see the public is opposed to this action!
What if you, like me, can’t make that meeting?
Send your complaints directly to their General Manager, Jerry Brown (yes, there’s another Jerry Brown mucking with our Delta).
Go to their website contact form.
Enter the required fields and in the Comments, it is important to start with:
TO: Jerry Brown, General Manager. This will insure the route it directly to him.
Sample Comments (replace/reword with anything you feel appropriate):
TO: Jerry Brown, General Manager.
I oppose having the CCWD sign the CCWD “deal” with the DWR. If the DWR and the Delta Tunnels are truly going to be operated responsibly, as the state claims, then there is no need for “Insurance.” Signing this agreement is a vote for the Delta Tunnels, a vote to let the state destroy the rich fertile farmland in the Delta, a vote to turn the estuary into brackish saltwater. This agreement helps the state move ahead with their tunnels. If the tunnels turn the Delta into saltwater, will you have communities to serve? If the farmlands turn salty, if the fine Brentwood corn can no longer be grown here, what will happen to the communities your water district serves?
This is not an “insurance policy,” it is bad business. Please do not sign this agreement.