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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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