The 2009 Delta Reform legislation recognized that a sustainable water future for the whole state depends on reducing reliance on the Delta. NO conveyance will lead to that result. Not the Peripheral Tunnels. Not a smaller tunnel. Not a tunnel in a different part of the Delta.
Every process investing time and resources in new infrastructure to move unpredictable water supplies simply delays the inevitable day when Mother Nature says “No more” to California’s addiction to water transfers. We can plan for this future, or we can go cold turkey, ready or not, with empty tunnels becoming a stranded asset.