By Peter Gleick
From Huffington Post - Monday, Aug. 6, 2012
Coalition response...Peter Gleick's discussion of the benefits of green hydropower as opposed to fossil fuels highlights one of many benefits of our nation's water storage facilities. Other benefits include water supply, flood control and recreation. An important consideration for the proposed project at Temperance Flat on the Upper San Joaquin River is that, while it may not create a net increase in power production over the existing facilities, it could provide the opportunity for more flexible power generation. That means that more power out of a Temperance Flat facility could be generated during peak times, making the power more valuable and decreasing the need for other natural gas-fired "peaking" plants. That's a great example of a green solution that is more efficient than the current system while continuing to provide the other water supply, flood control and recreation benefits we all want.
By Rep. Doris Matsui
From Sacramento Bee - Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012
Coalition response...Rep. Doris Matsui says she understands the need for regional cooperation for large infrastructure projects and then repeats false information from others who want to scare people about the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan. Insinuating that the 9,000 cfs capacity of the proposed project will somehow drain the Sacramento River because its flow is as low as 12,000 cfs at certain times completely ignores operating criteria in the Plan that limits diversions when river flows are low. Anyone who convinced Rep. Matsui that the Sacramento River might disappear into a hole in the ground, leaving the Delta filled with a tidal wave of seawater is not accurately representing the facts outlined in the Plan. Additionally, the BDCP process put forth by Gov. Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar does in fact include a broad stakeholder group that has representatives from Delta interests involved, as well as the urban and agricultural representatives from other parts of the state that seek a return to water supply reliability for their regions.
From Santa Maria Times - Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012
By Tom Barnridge
From Contra Costa Times - Monday, Aug. 6, 2012
From Oakland Tribune - Monday, Aug. 6, 2012
From Stockton Record - Monday, Aug. 6, 2012