The big Metropolitan Water District of Southern California vote is tomorrow. Here are some great reads and responses to recent actions by Southern California water and business interests to push the Delta Tunnels forward. Dr. Jeffrey Michael responded to the L.A. Times Editorial Board's push for the Delta Tunnels at the Valley Economy blog, "In the nation's poorest big city, tunnel supporters push to raise water bills based on nostalgia instead of facts." San Diego Union Tribune Editorial Board disagreed with the L.A. Times Editorial Board and published, "Why Gov. Brown’s water tunnels plan may be doomed." The San Jose Mercury News Editorial Board did the same, read their editorial, "California audit shows twin-tunnel WaterFix is broken beyond [...]
Tunnel Opposition Editorials
Excerpt: "For six years we’ve been saying the tunnels are no solution to California’s water crisis. The “WaterFix” looks like a WaterGrab, ultimately creating the massive capacity to flush Delta water into Southern California, regardless of what Brown says now. Claiming they won’t succumb to the pressure to send more water south ignores the long history of California water politics."
The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board wrote, "Without a formal agreement setting out how much water would cost, what responsible board would vote?"
We are pursuing the Delta Stewardship Council lawsuit, and we will be involved in other litigation, as there will be many, many lawsuits. We are grateful to NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), Golden Gate Salmon Association, Defenders of Wildlife & The Bay Institute for their leadership with this lawsuit. It's a team effort, and these are some of our best partners. With gratitude. Environmentalists, fishing groups file lawsuits to block Delta tunnels plan San Jose Mercury News, 6/29/2017 (Also reported in Sacramento Bee, Fresno Bee, Stockton Record, Oroville Mercury Register) In case you missed it, more great stories on the Delta Tunnels: Editorial: Stop the $17 billion Delta twin-tunnel water grab San Jose Mercury News Editorial [...]
By John Herrick, South Delta Water Agency Joan Buchanan, Restore the Delta and Bill Jennings, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance The Record (Stockton) Sunday, May. 29, 2016 As residents and long-time defenders of the Delta, we were disappointed by Rep. John Garamendi’s op-ed “No twin tunnels; But legislation would help temper many concerns.” (The Record, May 25) There is a reason no members of Congress from Northern California have supported this bill and why members from Oregon and Washington also oppose it. We believe it is ultimately bad for the Delta. Though the bill, of course, has some good aspects, its purpose is to pump more water out of the Delta. Period. Read full op-ed EDITORIAL: San Francisco Chronicle Sunday, May [...]