The public has until Nov. 16 to comment on the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which is designed to provide for the conservation and management of the Delta, and improve water supplies.
However, Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, and four other members of Congress call the plan a "flawed agreement" and call for the U.S. Department of the Interior to rescind the plan.
"As it stands, the Bay Delta Plan has been crafted without the input of the people who reside in the Delta region," McNerney said in a news release. "While this short period for public comment is a step in the right direction, this announcement falls short of what is needed. I will continue to stand with the families, businesses and farmers who oppose any BDCP that includes a peripheral canal."
Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, added, " ... The Bay Delta Conservation Plan has been an exclusionary closed-door operation on a recklessly short timetable. The current memorandum of agreement must be rescinded and a new agreement forged so that all interested parties have equal standing in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan process."
Other members of Congress opposing the plan are Reps. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, George Miller, D-Martinez, and Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena.
Public comment may be sent by email to BDO@usbr.gov or by mail to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office, 801 I St., Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95814.
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