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- Release of a third of the BDCP brought a wide disparity of reactions to the first part of the 50-year plan to “fix” the turnbuckle of California’s water supply system.
Fatally flawed plan
Not everyone is happy with the plan.
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta said, says BDCP is “fatally flawed. In its rush to build a project that would exterminate salmon runs, destroy sustainable family farms and saddle taxpayers with tens of billions in debt, mainly to benefit a small number of huge corporate agribusinesses on the West Side of the Central Valley, the administration has yet to complete a valid cost-benefit analysis of its tunnels and seriously examine alternative solutions.”
Restore the Delta claims to be a 10,000-member grassroots organization “committed to making the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable to benefit all of California.”
The full plan will be released in three stages over the coming weeks.
The newly-released documents describe more than 200 specific biological goals and objectives that will guide implementation of the plan over coming decades so that it achieves the dual goals of healthier, more resilient populations of native fish and wildlife while at the same time improving water supply reliability.
The chapters also detail the proposed operation of a new system of pumping plants and tunnels to carry water from the Delta. A new water project diversion point on the Sacramento River near Sacramento and 35 miles of underground tunnels would secure water deliveries against a potential catastrophe.
"California's water supply system is broken,” said Nelson.”It doesn't work for farms. It doesn't work for fishermen. It doesn't work for the environment. Science has shown us that a comprehensive plan is essential to meet the future needs of our cities, farms, and wetlands.”
"We are making real progress," said California Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin. "Getting to this point has been a long, complicated journey, but we have worked through some truly difficult issues. We are now closer than ever to finally safeguarding a water supply critical to California's future and restoring vitality and resiliency to the Delta ecosystem."
Mike Connor, commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation added, “We are very encouraged by the progress on the BDCP that has resulted from the close collaboration of federal agencies and our state partners. While more work remains, we will continue to be guided by sound and credible science as we support the Department of Water Resources in moving the plan forward.”
"Not only will BDCP lead to a reliable water supply, it will also create 100,000 acres of natural habitat in the Delta," Wade said.