Ignore Science in Most Expensive Public Works Project
Would be Salmon Death Knell, Cost Consumers Billions in Water Rate Hikes
SACRAMENTO - Restore the Delta and an array of consumer and environmental leaders today protested the announcement by the Brown Administration that it plans to ignore massive negative impacts and go ahead and build a Peripheral Canal or Tunnel and figure out the damage afterward. In a series of phones with Delta local county representatives and environmental groups, the Resources Agency is announcing a framework based on "decision trees" that will determine how much flow and habitat is needed in the Delta over a fifteen year evaluation period after the project is under construction.
"The water contractors associated with BDCP have spent a quarter of a billion dollars of California water rate payers' money to create a project that was supposed to restore the Delta." said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta. "They failed to produce such a project. So instead, the State is preparing to announce a project that has the potential to divert the majority of Sacramento River water without first ensuring protections for the Delta."