Last week, Mike Taugher reported in the Contra Costa Times that key people – including some of those institutional enviros – have been meeting behind closed doors to work out a deal for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The Governor really wants that canal, and he prefers to do water policy closeted with a few of his best friends. Click here for article
The people at this small table in the closet need to figure out just what they are going to build and how much water it will carry. They need to figure out how to split the water between farming, urban users, and the environment. They need to figure out which fish can still be saved, and how. And they need to figure out how to pay for it all.
Oh, and they need to figure out how to finish this breathtakingly complicated habitat/natural communities conservation plan in the preposterously short time they’ve given themselves.
Once again the Delta, the region most directly affected, is outside, waiting to hear what decisions are made about its fate.
As USACE Brigadier General “Rock” Donahue told San Joaquin County, recently, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”