From Stockton Record - Monday, Sept. 10, 2012
Coalition response...A closer look at this study reveals that it talks a lot about jobs but not about the other impacts that are harmful to productive farmland, the local economy and the region's tax base. While the report admits that its purpose is not to provide a full-scale cost-benefit calculation, it is important for the public to understand what is at stake for farmers and farmland resources. The report lacks balance and fails to provide information on the potential job-killing impacts and economic harm that restoration activities will have on the Valley's farmers, the communities they support and local government. Farmland adjacent to the river has already been impacted by restoration flows as water seepage is flooding adjacent farmland and flooding crops. Future conversion of private property to riverbank habitat will remove thousands of acres from food production with the resultant job losses and tax base reductions. While job creation in the Valley is needed and the UC Merced study identifies the jobs that will come with the San Joaquin River restoration, it fell short by omitting the negative economic consequences that are over the horizon.
From Brentwood Press - Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
Coalition response...It is a fallacy to think that the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan and the proposed tunnels will impact the Delta and Sacramento River by "sucking it dry." There are laws within the State Water Code that prevent this from happening. These claims, like many others by critics of the proposal, are designed to inflame public reaction against a proposal that is currently the best proposal to secure a reliable water future for California.
The BDCP is guided by the legislative goals of providing a reliable water supply and at the same time restore the Delta ecosystem. Researchers, biologists and scientists have worked for years to develop the proposal that is before us today.
Increased conservation and additional storage are also a part of the long-term solutions to California's water problems but they are only part of the solution. Answering the problems associated with moving water through the Delta to 25 million Californians and several million acres of farmland that grows the food we rely upon is also a part of the solution.
From USBR - Monday, Sept. 10, 2012
From Imperial Valley Press - Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012
From Union Democrat - Monday, Sept. 10, 2012
By Alex Breitler
From esanjoaquin - Monday, Sept. 10, 2012
By Damien M. Schiff
From Pacific Legal Foundation - Monday, Sept. 10, 2012