Jerry Brown’s revised water tunnels plan adds political problems

For years, Gov. Jerry Brown used the promise of habitat restoration to broaden the appeal of his plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south.

Designating the project as a habitat conservation plan – and securing a 50-year permit for the effort – not only gave water users paying for the project an assurance water deliveries could not easily be changed, but also cast the project as more than a standalone conveyance.

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Delta plan now has realistic restoration goals

Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to fix California’s complex plumbing system took yet another twist April 30.

This time, he proposed to scale back 70% of the acreage that would be restored in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, while insisting that the new plan will help revive depleted fisheries and create a healthier environment.

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Retired Solano water official appointed to help with Governor’s new Delta plan

“The science is in. The tunnels don’t work for the environment. Fishery agencies will not grant a restoration permit to the tunnels. Instead of changing the project, the Administration is changing the permit. Lowering the bar isn’t good for the Delta, it isn’t good for Southern California water reliability, and it isn’t good for California. It’s time to move beyond the tunnels. California needs aggressive development of drought resilient, reliable water supplies.”

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Water rally to stop the Delta Tunnels project

2015 Public Open House Meetings

Two public meetings were held to provide more information on the RDEIR/SDEIS and to accept public comments. Details about these meetings are listed below.

SACRAMENTO
Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, Magnolia Room
1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
WALNUT GROVE
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Jean Harvie Senior and Community Center
14273 River Road, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

Public meetings were an open house format. There were no formal presentations or panel to receive public comments. Informational exhibits and project team members were available throughout the meeting for one-on-one discussions and a sign-up sheet was provided for those wishing to give verbal comments to a court reporter. Written comments were accepted. Learn more about submitting public comments here.

Find out more about the meetings here.

To view the revised environmental document, click here.

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