The Partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement was recently made available for public review and comment. What used to be known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is now being called “California WaterFix” and “California Eco Restore.”
“California WaterFix” still contains 3 intake facilities and 30 miles of pipeline that measure 40 feet in diameter. It does not require a 50-year permit by federal agencies. In addition, funds from the voter-approved Water Bond, Proposition 1, will be used for the project’s required habitat restoration even though voters were promised no money from Proposition 1 would be used for the Delta tunnels project.
What is the Problem?
- “California WaterFix” will use money that was publically approved, but specifically NOT for the Delta tunnels project.
- The public will have to pay for a plan that has an unknown cost. An agreement will be developed later that will answer how the facility will be managed, who will get to decide when issues need to be addressed, and who will pay for the research to ensure the answers are based on science and not politics.
- “California WaterFix” does not guarantee south-of-Delta agencies would get more water. It DOES guarantee the users will pay more for what they already get.
As taxpayers, we should all be concerned that the recently passed Water Bond money we were told would be ‘tunnel neutral’ is now being used to fund this controversial project. Why is “California WaterFix” now planning on using the Water Bond money for its related restoration work?
The public comment period is short, so we encourage you to take action now. Comments are being accepted July 10, 2015 to August 31, 2015. To review and comment, click here.