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More on the subject of levee risk

Gil Cosio didn’t mince words in commenting on the erroneous information that went into the new PPIC report, saying that the PPIC didn’t gather all the data that they should have because of time constraints.  “Garbage in, garbage out,” he said.  “Lund’s data is just not right.” Last week PPIC author Jay Lund wrote a blog post with “a timeline of published technical and scientific work and events indicating that many Delta levees are at substantial risk, involving independent researchers using diverse methods over several decades.”  The timeline starts in 1931 and includes events in which islands were flooded and abandoned by their owners. Leaving aside for the moment the decisions of individual landowners to “repurpose” their own property (which [...]

We indulge in a bit of Meral speculation

Last week Dr. Jerry Meral, Governor Brown’s new deputy secretary for the BDCP, delivered an address in Los Angeles to the California Water Policy Conference (a project of POWER – Public Officials for Water and Environmental Reform).  If you’d like to know what Dr. Meral has to say about the BDCP, you can read his comments here. However, we are more interested in something Dr. Meral wrote back in 2005.  Even then, he was advocating “a water pipeline circumventing the Delta.”  But he recognized why Northern California doesn’t trust the water contractors to operate such a facility: Having built it with their own funds, they will naturally want to maximize their own benefits from its operation. “One way to respond [...]

Not fish and chips

When the Metropolitan Water District hosted a 20-person lunch in San Francisco celebrating passage of the 2009 water package, the district picked up a tab for $1,861.50, including four bottles of wine at about $55 each.  Jeffrey Kightlinger, MWD’s general manager, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that “it was important to mark the achievement with people, including several environmentalists, who helped make it happen.” Comments one prominent environmentalist who DIDN’T help make it happen, “No wonder they don’t care about smelt – they’re eating Oysters Rockefeller – and having their ratepayers pick up their dinner check.”

It seems to us we’ve heard that song before: A SPECIAL REPORT

When Governor Schwarzenegger showed the Delta to visiting journalists from outside California, he did it from a helicopter flying over the region. Even then, though, he was closer than most of the academics who are continuing to pad their professional resumes by writing about the Delta for the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).  They seem to be viewing the region from about 50,000 feet. Last week the PPIC entertained 350 people at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento for what was basically a book launch of their latest tome, “Managing California’s Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation.”  Attendees enjoyed lunch and panel discussions courtesy of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Pisces Foundation, The [...]

In Stark Contrast

Thank you to the hundreds of Restore the Delta supporters who attended our Art, Wine, and Edible Delight event this past Saturday.  Michael Prietti and Pat Livingston’s  photography, the Americana music of Mom’s Chili Boys, the fabulous Delta wines from Heringer, Carvalho, and Solomon Wineries, and the great spread from Husick’s Catering, the Monterey Fish Market, Golden State Fruit, and Kobasic’s Candies remind us all why we are so proud of our home.  The Delta is a place of a true community, splendid creativity, wonderful wine, and real local food. This is why the Delta must be preserved and protected.  It already is a model of a strong local economy, sustainable agriculture, unsurpassable recreation, and world class fishing.  Preserving the [...]

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