Sierra Club speaks out for Alternatives to the Tunnel

The Sierra Club, along with STCDA, rejects the Delta Tunnel and complains that the Department of Water Resources (DWR) is refusing to really consider alternatives. Their report says,

By rejecting the commonsense alternative—that is no tunnel and investment in local and regional conservation and efficiency projects—DWR has again locked itself into a tunnel that solves nothing and creates new problems.

At the stakeholder engagement meeting, DWR argued that a commonsense alternative doesn’t solve issues of sea-level rise or possible earthquake. We argue that neither does the tunnel. And the tunnel only makes the state water system even more vulnerable to other effects of climate change, including the demonstrated effects of drought.

The commonsense alternative would provide water to people around the state without forcing more than $11 billion of spending on an environmentally destructive tunnel that will provide no new water.

On Wednesday, August 26, the stakeholder engagement committee of the DCA will meet again. We need a strong showing of Sierra Club activists and tunnel opponents to testify during the public comment period and urge that the committee demand that DWR consider the commonsense alternative to the tunnel.

Read more … Sierra Club’s Post.

STCDA’s two posts last month about the July stakeholder engagement committee meeting where DWR presented their case why alternatives were being rejected, once again: Alternatives to the Tunnel and DWR Opposes Local Water Supplies.

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