Wednesday, March 13, 2013

News articles and links from March 13, 2013


By Barry Nelson
From NRDC - Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Coalition response...The portfolio approach championed by NRDC and a minority of other water interest groups glaringly ignores the effects the plan would have on San Joaquin Valley farmers. An undersized tunnel through the Delta with a capacity to transport up to 3,000 cubic feet per second would rob 750,000 acres of the world's best farmland of its water supply (, resulting in lost jobs for thousands of workers and a reduced supply of fresh fruits and vegetables in local grocery stores grown by California farmers. 

The alternative tunnel would cut water supplies by a third that is currently delivered to 3 million acres of farmland and 25 million Californians. An analysis of a single tunnel reveals that multiple shortcomings, including a lack of science to support its plan. That analysis can be found at

Barry Nelson writes about the local and regional projects associated with NRDC's alternative plan as if they are something new, which is contrary to reality. Water users are already implementing conservation and management practices to make the best use of their water supplies. Farmers are included in this group with the increased use of micro irrigation and other technology innovations. 

Simply put, the NRDC portfolio approach does not provide a secure water future for California.

By Jerry Cadagan
From Modesto Bee - Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Coalition response...Letter-writer Jerry Cadagan fails in his attempt to compare the current Bay Delta Conservation Plan's twin tunnels with the Peripheral Canal. The Peripheral Canal would have transported water at a capacity of 21,800 cubic feet per second (cfs)...the capacity of the two tunnels is only 9,000 cfs. Learn more about this comparison at

The BDCP proposal is the solution for California's water crisis. It is the best opportunity to secure California's water future and benefit the environment with 100,000 acres of new Delta habitat.

By Robert G. Veaco
From The Record - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Coalition response...The Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its twin tunnels proposal has been developed through the work of scientists and researchers who have worked diligently in recent years. The goal of the BDCP is to establish a reliable water supply and restore the ecosystem of the Delta. Judge Oliver Wanger also ruled that the biological opinions that govern the export of water that flows through the Delta were "arbitrary and capricious." He further directed the federal agencies to redraft the biological opinions and this time to consider the impact they have on humans. The twin tunnels would provide both ecosystem benefits and water supply reliability, co-equal goals established by the California legislature in 2009.  


From Bloomberg - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

From ACWA - Tuesday, March 12, 2013


From Sonora Union Democrat - Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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