"The material released is the result of years of study and research by scientists and others involved in the BDCP process. Their work has been invaluable in leading California toward a water future that protects both the environment and those who rely on water that flows through the Delta. Much is at stake in relation to California's water future and the BDCP effort is the closest our state has come to a proposal that presents a plan that benefits all of California.”

Others differ.

“This project will still cost billions upon billions of dollars to give ever-increasing amounts of taxpayer and ratepayer subsidized water to corporate agriculture and real estate developers to make millions upon millions in profits. California will not go dry without these tunnels. There are no guarantees that Southern California residents will even receive more water,” said Barrigan-Parrilla. “The proposal takes a build-it-now; figure-it-out later approach.”

The Brown plan includes 22 separate “conservation measures,” many of which are designed to offset the effects of covered activities, including operation with new diversion and conveyance facilities of the State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP), which draw water from the Delta.

Chapters of the plan to be released in coming weeks will describe estimated costs and potential funding sources and analyze alternative ways that the dual goals of ecosystem restoration and water supply reliability might be achieved.


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Not all fishermen like the BDCP.

Bill Jennings, executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance called BDCP “a recipe for ecological disaster. California is in a water crisis because the state has over-promised, over-allocated, wasted and inequitably distributed scarce water resources. The Delta is in a biological meltdown because the estuary has been deprived of more than half of its historical water flow; its hydrograph has been turned on its head and its waterways used as sewers.

“This project threatens the collapse of Delta and long fin smelt; American and threadfin shad; split tail; fall, late-fall, winter and spring runs of salmon; steelhead, green and white sturgeon, striped and largemouth bass; as well the lower tropic levels that comprise the food chain. BDCP is predicated on taking more water from or around the estuary.”

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