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Southern California Water Agency to Purchase Delta Islands, Restore the Delta Response

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2016
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053,
[email protected]

Stockton, CA – At a closed session board meeting this morning, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California authorized the purchase of four islands in the San Francisco Bay-Delta for an undisclosed sum.
The deal is highly controversial in Northern California as it would put Southern California’s most powerful water agency in control of a group of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta islands that can serve as water storage areas or entry points for the proposed $15 billion Delta Tunnels projects.
For months MWD has been considering the purchase of islands now used for farming. The islands mirror the path of the plan for the Delta Tunnels proposal.
The four island deal includes Bouldin Island, Webb Tract, Holland Tract, and Bacon Island. They cover approximately 20,000 acres of the Delta. Here is a map of the islands in the path of the Delta Tunnels.
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta said:

“It is troubling for the Delta region that Metropolitan Water District is going to acquire such a significant portion of Delta land and Delta water rights. They have the resources to change law and policies statewide to maximize their access to Delta water in their favor. They will own two islands that are directly in the path of the proposed Delta Tunnels project, eliminating eminent domain concerns for that portion of tunnels construction. We believe that having MWD as a neighbor is an existential threat to the future of the Delta and Delta communities.”
Delta Tunnels opponents note that after nine years and a quarter of a billion dollars spent on the proposal, Delta Tunnel backers have still has not produced a legally acceptable plan that can pass environmental standards. On October 30, 2015 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the Draft Environmental Impact Report a failing grade of “Inadequate” due to lack of science about the impacts on the Delta ecosystem and endangered species.

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  • Robert Verkerk
    March 9, 2016, 5:02 am

    Please provide the names of the jerbels that sold those islands.
    I think they need some “publicity”…..

  • Peggy Court
    March 9, 2016, 6:33 am

    So it really doesn’t matter if we vote the tunnels down…..they have already started the project by purchasing the land……voters be damned. They had no intention of letting us have a say. I’d like to know the names of those officials involved also. How dare they think they can take our voice. Not while we still have breath.

  • March 9, 2016, 2:20 pm

    Why are Americans so Pitifully Stupid. Don’t ever mess with natural water and habitat. It will Always End in a Major Disaster

  • George
    March 9, 2016, 6:13 pm

    The Southern CA Metro Water people maybe don’t know about Owens Valley water and how that affected that area years ago.