Tunnel Construction Noise Preview

This was posted on Delta Concern’s Facebook Page by representatives of Hood, CA. Hood will be ground zero for the tunnel construction in the North … intakes are planned on both sides of the little 300 person community.

These are comments from the Ring App regarding pile driving from CalTrans fixing an over pass on I-5 and 43rd Ave. The initial commenter lives near the Executive Airport. People in Meadowview and Greenhaven are complaining about the sound. They’re 2-3 miles away. One can only imagine what the tunnel project will be like. It’s massively larger and won’t be muffled by houses.

STCDA hired an expert sound witness to testify at the SWRCB WaterFix Permit Hearings and at the Delta Stewardship Council about the level of noise that would be occurring during the years that they build the intakes and pumping facility practically on top of Hood, CA. He testified it would be so unbearable that the children across the river in Clarksburg would not be able to hear the sound of their teacher’s voice … for years. It won’t be livable in Hood unless they relocate those intakes. The Delta Protection Committee complained it would cause “blight” on the legacy communities. Yet their “new, improved” plan still has the intakes located on both sides of Hood. Construction will also be disrupting some American Indian sacred sites and protected waterfowl areas.

Stakeholder Engagement Committee (SEC) members have complained to the DCA (group designing the tunnel) numerous times about the location of those intakes and the construction and long-term impact on Hood and other legacy towns nearby. Apparently the Department of Water Resources (DWR), who is in charge of the tunnel project, hold an existing water right for a diversion in that area and they don’t want to get another water right. That hardly seems like a good reason for causing blight on legacy communities.

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