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