Back to square 1 with Newsom – VAs and the Tunnel

DISAPPOINTING describes it. Governor Newsom announced today that he has released a final version of the Water Resilience Portfolio, the Administration’s blueprint for equipping California to cope with more extreme droughts and floods, rising temperatures, declining fish populations, over-reliance on groundwater and other challenges.

The stated priorities include:

  • Achieving voluntary agreements (VAs) to increase flows and improve conditions for native fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its watersheds
  • Modernizing the Delta water conveyance system to protect long-term functionality of the State Water Project

There’s nothing about desalination or conservation, nothing about a project for groundwater recharge. There is this about recycling: “Updating regulations to expand water recycling” but what does that mean? Weakening regulations? It doesn’t sound like there’s money for a recycling plant.

And VAs are business as usual. Reverse the good decision of the SWRCB to increase flows into the Delta. I hope the lawsuit recently won will help the Water Board enforce the improved Delta flow standards needed.

And, unfortunately, the “Modernizing the Delta water conveyance system” is the other way of saying a Single Tunnel.

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