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Editorial: San Joaquin County must speak out against Delta twin tunnels

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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 10:38 pm

Lodi’s San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel joined the rest of the board in opposing construction of the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, known as the twin tunnels.

This massive project, designed to bring high quality water from the Sacramento River around the Delta and send it south, will lead to abandonment of 140,000 acres of agricultural land, according to Vogel.

That is a swath 5.5 miles wide running 37 miles from South Sacramento to Tracy. Imagine that vast swath of rich farm land lying idle.

The state may buy the farmers out, but what is going to happen to everyone else’s jobs? The suppliers, the agricultural processors and the laborers who depend on the Delta will all be idle — forever.

Some of them are from Lodi. Many have their homes in Stockton, our county seat.

This county has been state government’s weak sister for years. While coastal metropolises have been lavished with water projects and universities, Stockton has been home to prisons and one California State University satellite.

Now the state wants to run a massive pipeline through our backyard. More of the water that flows naturally through our waterways and sustains our agricultural economy will be pumped to the cities and farms south of us.

San Joaquin County should speak with one voice on the twin tunnels. And that voice should say, “No.”

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  • Christina Welch posted at 10:47 pm on Sun, Jul 20, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 460

    I agree, Ted. I don't want to see the Delta ecosystem destroyed. And, I can't imagine how devastating those tunnels will be for you farmers. How can this be a good idea in anyone's mind, other than the big water brokers and Resnicks of the state? Such a tragedy...

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 2:45 pm on Fri, Jul 18, 2014.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    The Bouldin Island recent event and all the political posturing and legal manuering - yes manuering -all aim at taking the water south and the ruination of northern California. Jerry Brown needs to leave office and all his supporters. ALL people residing in this state need to go and camp out on the capital doorstep. If not for yourself then for your neighbor - us. Pitchforks create holes - as in levee holes, tunnel leakage, etc.. What ? - It's groundwater now? Control it all ?

    Unless you can make it rain more in southern California Mr. Brown the ocean is your best bet. Making a wasteland of the delta reverberates to all it's surrounding neighbors and concerns. We use the waters here in the north to our own benefit. NON of it is wasted.

    It goes to the ocean when we are done using it. Cheap transfer to your southern location.

    If the tunnels are not stopped then I will indeed vote for the separation into many states come 2016. You may take away our voting privileges for this tunnel decision but the fight is not over.

  • Christina Welch posted at 10:11 pm on Sat, Jul 12, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 460

    Agreed. I am glad to see the News-Sentinel express their opposition to the twin tunnels project. I wonder if the Stockton Record has done the same thing? Or the Tracy Press? We need to be as vocal as possible if we want the governor to listen. I urge everyone to go to restorethedelta.org and order a "stop the tunnels" yard sign and help support their efforts. There is also a petition to the governor you can sign. Also, on July 29th, they are sponsoring a rally at the state capitol.


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