WHY THIS IS THE WRONG MOVE FOR CALIFORNIA, CALIFORNIANS and THE SACRAMENTO RIVER:
The proposed “WaterFix,” previously investigated as a peripheral canal and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, would be (and already has been) a gross mis-use of public dollars as it DOES NOT CREATE ANY NEW WATER SUPPLY and does not address our inefficient and inadequate current infrastructure. This project, if built and according to leading state and federal biologists, will be a devastating final blow to crucial elements of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta ecosystem, bring stagnation to the San Francisco Bay, and reduce the nutrients and fresh water outflows that the Pacific Ocean ecosystems rely on past the Golden Gate.
We HIGHLY encourage you to tell your friends and family throughout our great State of California to educate themselves and oppose this project. At the time our main water supply reservoir for Los Angeles is being repaired due to insufficient operational and maintenance oversight and action the Governor is proposing the largest public works water project in decades. We have other SOLUTIONS that ADD WATER SUPPLY and INCREASE EFFICIENCY while increasing FLOOD PROTECTION and ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTIVITY.
More about our position:
The Trust opposes the proposed twin tunnels AKA the California WaterFix. The WaterFix plan would invest in more Delta water infrastructure with the potential to do more harm than good. Once again, the plan and environmental analysis falls far short. There is too much uncertainty on how much and when water is stored and moved (project operations) and who is in charge (governance). It is also puzzling how the WaterFix will be integrated into the Delta Plan, which calls for reducing reliance on the Delta for water supply and for protecting and restoring the Delta ecosystem.
The current proposal to construct and operate tunnels through the Delta is once again under review, with a “partially recirculated”/supplemental DEIR/DEIS. Comments are due October 30, 2015. The Delta Independent Science Board has already provided comments on the current revision, and was especially critical.
The Trust is a member organization of the Environmental Water Caucus and supports a more sustainable approach to California water management, including alternatives to the tunnels.
June 11, 2014 comment letter on DEIR/EIS
September 16, 2015 broad coalition letter to Secretary of the Interior
September 30, 2015 draft comments of Delta Independent Science Board on RDEIR/SDEIS