Friday, February 8, 2013

News articles and links from February 8, 2013


From Lodi News-Sentinel - Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

Coalition response...Years of study have gone into the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to achieve the goals of achieving a reliable water supply and a restored Delta ecosystem, as mandated by the California Legislature. Scientists and researchers have studied multiple options and the current proposal includes the twin tunnels with a capacity of 9,000 cfs.

Contrary to those who believe the tunnels will drain the Sacramento River or take away flows needed for the Delta, the water flowing through the tunnels will increase and decrease according to available water supply.

The alternative plan being pushed by NRDC features a single 3,000 cfs tunnel is insufficient to meet the needs of all water users, especially farmers in the San Joaquin Valley. BDCP researchers studied a similar undersized proposal more than a year ago and concluded that it did not meet the legislative directive that governs the BDCP. Results of that research can be found here.

From Chico News & Review - Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Coalition response...Operations of the twin tunnels with a capacity of 9,000 cfs will be based on the available supply of water, according to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. When water supply is low in the Sacramento River, the amount of water flowing through the tunnels will be reduced. When the supply is high, the tunnel flows will increase ( Fears of draining the Sacramento River are simply not based on facts. The actual purpose of the twin tunnels is to move water that is already permitted under rights granted by the State of California to public water agencies. Those agencies serve many farms, homes and businesses that are a vital part of California's economy. No new project, according to California law, may negatively impact an existing water right, which appropriately safeguards the rights of those in the Sacramento Valley and the Delta.

The 3,000 cfs tunnel, which is actually an NRDC proposal, provides no relief for farmers in the San Joaquin Valley. A recent study indicated that 750,000 acres of productive farmland could be fallowed because the NRDC proposal ignores the water supply needs of thousands of farmers who provide locally-grown food for our grocery stores.


From NY Times - Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

From Chico News & Review - Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

From Willows Journal - Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

From Marysville Appeal-Democrat - Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013


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From USBR - Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

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