Today, the Department of Water Resources announced ‘significant refinements’ to the proposed BDCP. Touting the Plan has been refined to reduce local impacts. Well, the fact of the matter is, flaws still exist with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Instead of giant electric pumps, the plan now calls for water to enter three intakes by gravity flow, reducing miles of electrical infrastructure. The problem is the intakes are still large and require a lot of land that will displace Delta agriculture forever. While eliminating the energy needs of the massive pumping plants might be a win for some, the numerous other side effects have not been resolved. Side effects like, reverse flows, poor water quality, irreversible environmental damage , and destruction of thousands of acres of highly productive farmland that will be tidal marsh. Other solutions exist that do not destroy the Delta and ensure our neighbors who farm south of the Delta will have a reliable supply of water.
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