The “Final EIR/EIS” for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan/California WaterFix (aka “Delta Tunnels) was released and is available online. The EIR/EIS was prepared jointly by Lead Agencies: the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation).
Announcing that they are forging ahead, Dan Morain provided an opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee today, “Jerry Brown plunges ahead on twin tunnels”.
The article asks: “For the Californians who won’t take the time to read 90,000 pages, the question will come down to this: Do they trust Brown’s judgment?”
For those of us who HAVE read many of the 90,000 pages, the answer is no. Brown is dead wrong. His scientists have been given the job of finding ways to maximize water sent South as #1 priority. That’s starting at the wrong place. Delta scientists all object to the Delta Tunnels.
The current pumps started exporting more than the guidelines in the late 1990’s and increased each year thereafter.
The article says “Brown and his successor would need to provide ironclad assurances that they would operate system in ways that protect the environment.” There’s the rub. The state has not run the current pumps in ways that protect the environment; obviously they will do the same at the new location.