Tuesday, August 14, 2012

News articles and links from August 14, 2012


By Tom Elias
From Redding Record Searchlight - Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Coalition response...Naysayers of the proposed tunnels will be quick to criticize this column while overlooking the truth presented by the author. Conditions in the Delta aren't getting better, despite 30 years of environmentally-based flow restrictions. Doing nothing, as some insist is the path our state should take, will only continue the problems that plague threatened and endangered species as well as our water system. The proposed tunnels would separate water that would flow to farms and 25 million Californians from water dedicated for fish and the Delta's ecosystem. The tunnels are designed for a delivery capacity of only 9,000 cfs. The canal voted on by the voters in 1982 had a capacity of 22,000 cfs. A 1966 report stated ,"the canal must be operational by 1974" to "prevent great damage to the commercial and sport fisheries that are dependent on the delta." Thirty-eight years have gone by since the canal was proposed to be finished. The Delta is a mess. Water supplies are unreliable. Food-producing land is fallowed every year because of water shortages and consumers pay the price at the checkout stand. Governor Brown is demonstrating the kind of leadership now that will move California forward and away from the do-nothing, gridlock mentality that hurts the rest of the state.

By Mandy Honeychurch
From Capitol Weekly - Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Coalition response...This story presents an accurate and reasonable portrayal of the efforts surrounding the current efforts to provide a reliable water supply to farmers and 25 million Californians and at the same time provide restoration to the Delta's ecosystem. Absent in this article is the emotion and rhetoric that too often creep into news stories. A good job done by the author.

By John Michelena
From Modesto Bee - Monday, Aug. 13, 2012

Coalition response...The author raises acceptable concerns regarding the construction of twin tunnels through the Delta that are designed to provide a more reliable supply of water. Current plans are still a work in progress and those who rely on the water that passes through the Delta are awaiting answers to some of the same questions the author raises. Recent years of reduced deliveries of water that flows through the Delta have been a failure for many farmers and the 25 million Californians who rely on that water. Regulatory efforts to provide ecosystem improvements have failed.  To do nothing dooms a significant number of farmers and our state's food production capacity as well as any chance of improving the environmental health of the Delta. The proposed tunnels may be California's best option for both.


From Chico Enterprise-Record - Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012


By Alex Breitler
From esanjoaquin - Monday, Aug. 13, 2012

By Assemblyman Dan Logue
From Assemblyman Logue - August 2012


From YubaNet - Monday, Aug. 13, 2012

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