Restore the Delta has learned that:
Governor’s bond proposal is not “tunnel neutral” as he claims. The governor’s proposed Chapter X. Watershed Protection and Ecosystem Restoration, Section 79735 B, provides that funds will be made available for ‘habitat restoration’ that is part of the BDCP plan, and for moving water from willing sellers to habitat areas, a program that would have taxpayers pay to replace the required water flows exported by the BDCP tunnels.
BDCP records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act showing that the BDCP plans to use bond funds to help fund purchases over the next 50 years of up to 1.3 million acre feet of water annually from upstream areas, such as the Sacramento Valley. These purcchases are needed to make-up for over-pumping by the new water export Tunnels. Having taxpayers fund the replacement of Sacramento River and other water taken by the tunnels is an underhanded, back-door program required to mitigate the damage the tunnels would cause.
Tell Governor Brown we will not sit by and let him mislead taxpayers.
Tell him that we do not want ONE PENNY of taxpayer money used for the environmental water account to be funded for billionaire farmers like Stewart Resnick and Westlands mega-growers.
Tell him that we do NOT ONE PENNY of taxpayer money used for “habitat” that the BDCP admits is experimental and that independent science groups agree will not save fish without sufficient fresh water flows.
Tell Governor Brown, no tunnels and NOT ONE PENNY for BDCP mitigation.
PLEASE CALL NOW! 916-445-2841! And keep calling the next seven days if the phone is busy!
SAVE THE DATE! July 29, 2014 “No Delta Tunnels Rally” on the West Steps of the Capitol!
11:30 a.m. Let us know if your group would like a table. Watch for details! Buses will be available!