Friday, May 10, 2013

News articles and links from May 10, 2013


From The Independent - Friday, May 10, 2013The Valley's

Coalition response...The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is the best choice for creating water supply reliability for 25 million Californians and almost 4,000 farmers and at the same time restoring the Delta ecosystem. The construction, operation and maintenance costs of the proposed conveyance tunnels will be funded by those who receive the water. BDCP also includes the restoration of more than 100,000 acres of habitat for the Delta ecosystem.

BDCP does not prevent the ongoing efforts related to conservation, recycling and other water management practices. These practices should continue but most water industry officials have acknowledged that these efforts will not replace the reliability provided by the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

From Fresno Bee - Thursday, May 9, 2013

Coalition response...The original editorial was wrong in claiming that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a "classic water grab with the goal of channeling as much Northern California water as possible to Central Valley's Big Ag and Southern California's urban sprawl." Lloyd Carter repeats the misinformation without any facts to back it up. The amount of water that will move through the proposed tunnels is governed by existing contracts. Water deliveries enabled through BDCP may not negatively affect any other user's water right or the environment. That's the law. Water deliveries are expected to be in the neighborhood of the average over the past 20 years. Calling it a "water grab" is simply not true.

Carter's attempt to link the BDCP tunnels with the Peripheral Canal that appeared on the ballot in 1982 is also disingenuous. The tunnels are only large enough to transport a maximum of 9,000 cubic feet of water per second, comparison to the Peripheral Canal that was rated at 21,800 cfs. Read more at

More than six years of research by scientists, engineers, water managers and fishery experts have gone into the development of the BDCP, which remains the best choice for creating water supply reliability and more than 100,000 acres of habitat restoration. 


From Redding Record Searchlight - Thursday, May 9, 2013

Coalition response... Short-term transfers are a time-tested tool used to improve water management and send water from areas with available supplies to those areas in need. Transfers are automatically reviewed by the California Department of Water Resources to guarantee that areas of origin are not harmed. A portion of the transferred water will remain in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for enhancement of the Delta environment. The proposed ACID transfer will undergo the same stringent review process.

The benefits of approved transfers are two-fold: (1) districts sending the water receive funding that would not otherwise be available for improvements to their system without increasing fees to local water users and (2) areas receive the water are able to reduce shortfalls in deliveries to their users.


Press release
From SL&DMWA - Friday, May 10, 2013

From Central Valley Business Times - Friday, May 10, 2013


From Courthouse News Service - Friday, May 10, 2013

From Woodland Daily Democrat - Friday, May 10, 2013

By Alex Breitler
From esanjoaquin - Thursday, May 9, 2013


By Mark Grossi
From fresnobeehive - Friday, May 10, 2013


By Richard Howitt and Josue Medellin-Azuara
From California WaterBlog - Thursday, May 9, 2013


From Western Farm Press - Friday, May 10, 2013

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