Monday, September 24, 2012

News articles and links from September 24, 2012


By Cheyenne Cary
From Independent Voter Network - Monday, Sept. 24, 2012

Coalition response...This article fails to include a second economic study conducted by Dr. David Sunding of UC Berkeley. This study points out that the benefits of the tunnel conveyance are expected to outweigh the costs. The article also fails in its comparison of BDCP to a proposal from 30 years ago. The previous plan was primarily focused on water supply while the BDCP is designed to meet the Legislature's mandate of co-equal goals for both a reliable water supply and ecosystem restoration.

It has been clearly stated within the BDCP process that the cost of the conveyance system will be paid by those water users who receive the benefits. That means no taxpayer funds will be involved in the conveyance costs.  The cost to Southern California residents is also misrepresented. A more likely cost, as determined by the residents' water supplier, is an increase of only $4-5 per month per household.

By Barbara Barrigan-Parilla and Robert Pyke
From San Jose Mercury News - Friday, Sept. 21, 2012

Coalition response...While strengthening Delta levees is a good idea, it does not solve the water supply problems that are confronting 25 million Californians and farmers who are growing our food supply. More than $150 million dollars and years of work by scientists, biologists, researchers and others have gone into developing the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. This effort is directed by the Legislature's mandate of co-equal goals: water reliability and restoration of the Delta ecosystem. Critics of the proposed tunnels within the BDCP fail to explain how only shoring up the Delta levees will provide any habitat improvements in an otherwise channelized Delta.

Accomplishing the co-equal goals established by the Legislature requires an improved conveyance system to safely move water and at the same time protect the Delta ecosystem.


From Marysville Appeal-Democrat - Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012

Coalition response...The writer of this article exhibits his bias in an attempt to present a news story. Selective information is presented and a lack of full disclosure is evident. While the federal court in 2006 ordered more water for salmon, the same court subsequently ruled that the federal fish agencies inadequately prepared the biological opinions that govern the flow of water through the Delta. The court said that the guidelines harmed people who rely on deliveries of water that flows through the Delta and ordered the guidelines be rewritten.

The article repeatedly points to water deliveries that go to 25 million Californians and farmers who use the water to grow our food supply as the culprit for the low salmon numbers. Remarkably, the author only quotes salmon industry officials when discussing supposed impacts on the fish and ignores actual scientific studies that show just the opposite. A recent report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration points to ocean conditions as the leading cause for the dwindling salmon numbers in recent years. These conditions include warm water temperatures and a loss of food supply. This report is available at

JD Richey, a fishing guide familiar with the Sacramento River, wrote in a March 2009 edition of Western Outdoor Magazine that predator fish also play a role in the salmon population. He wrote: "The peak of the baby salmon's downstream journey corresponds with the spring spawning run of striped bass.  Somewhere along the line the two crash headlong into one another. It's a one-sided blood bath, and when the spray and foam settles, the stripers emerge fat and happy while the Chinook suffer heavy losses." You can read the full article here:


Press release
From DSC - Friday, Sept. 21, 2012

From Central Valley Business Times - Friday, Sept. 21, 2012


From San Diego Union-Tribune - Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012

By John Holland
From Modesto Bee - Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012

From - Friday, Sept. 21, 2012


(This opinion article was also printed in the Modesto Bee.)
By Mike Wade
From Merced Sun-Star - Friday, Sept. 21, 2012


Audio report
From Central Valley Business Times - Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012

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