When I learned of Gov. Brown’s plan to divert Sacramento River water southward via two large pipelines, one 33 feet in diameter and the other 37 feet in diameter, 150 feet below the river bottom and 35 miles long, I was filled with dread and disbelief. The future of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and California looks grim if this plan is implemented. The water, fish, bird life, vegetation and people will be negatively impacted in a big way. This water diversion plan would sell out local Delta habitat for big money interests in central and southern California.
Our state will be on its way to ruin if these pipelines are laid. We already tap too much water from the Delta into two large existing canals filled to the brim flowing to central and southern California locations.
Salt water intrusion has been a big problem in the Delta for may years due to the current rate of water taken from the Delta and pumped into these two canals. The quality of the water in the Delta has already been degraded. If the water diversion tunnels are built, the amount of fresh water running down the Delta would be a fraction of its current flow, resulting in less water flowing and lower water quality.
Instead of more water diversion, we need more water regulation. We all need to use water conservatively in our homes, yards, gardens, farms and businesses, etc., in every way we can think of. Water diversion tunnels will encourage overuse and waste of this precious resource.
The cost of building and maintaining water diversion tunnels would be an enormous burden falling on the backs of all Californians now and for generations to come. Whatever construction estimate is agreed upon will only be a small fraction of the actual cost we pay.
The potential for devastating environmental damage during the course of construction and after completion would be a high risk. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem and all living components within it would be negatively compromised.
The Sacramento River Diversion Tunnel is a bad idea economically and environmentally for everyone.