They Saved Mono Lake … the Delta will take the same effort

Good editorial in the LA Times on Sunday. They say, ““If California is to save the [Delta], the governor should note the successful conclusion of the Mono Lake dispute and free the water board to issue mandates. Only then will the parties come to the table truly ready to deal.”

How did the L.A. Department of Water and Power, which historically kept water flowing out of Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra to the city of LA become a partner in protecting the environment? The battle started in 1978, showing that these things take a long time to resolve.

It also shows no one budges without a lawsuit. One of our successful lawsuits to require the state to agree to adjustments on the Delta Flows is still being contested, years later.

Regarding the Delta and the immediate threat to the salmon, Gov. Gavin Newsom has called on water agencies to reach “voluntary agreements” without first being compelled by a court ruling or water board order to meaningfully engage.

This is a backward approach and cannot reach a successful conclusion for the Delta without our active involvement.

We’d appreciate any donations to help us with our current efforts and those that will be coming up to battle the Delta Tunnel. The Tunnel EIR is scheduled to be released in 2022.

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