For Immediate Release: Friday, January 23, 2015
Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; [email protected]; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 [email protected]; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta
Restore the Delta Calls on California Water Commission
To Heed Stanford Study’s Findings:
Ground Storage 6 Times more Effective than Surface
Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s plan to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries has called upon the California Water Commission (the Commission) to use science-based guidelines in setting priorities for spending Prop. 1 funds. In particular, RTD cited a recent Stanford University study showing that the benefits of groundwater storage far outweigh those of surface storage.
“Any long term solution to the predictable droughts that impact California needs cost-effective solutions that produce real water, unlike the governor’s proposed Delta tunnels,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla. “A recent study by Stanford University experts showed that groundwater storage is six times more cost effective than surface (reservoir) storage. We call upon the appointees on the Commission to follow science and the interests of the people of California, and not bend to the political influence of a few mega-growers.”
To read the full Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Water in the West Research Brief, go to this link.