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Twin tunnels will not save the Delta

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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:00 am

Happy birthday, Mr. President. I hope you enjoyed your day, but now it’s back to business.

Although some things I disagree with you on — backing of the twin tunnels that will supply more water to Los Angeles at the expense of the Central Valley — I do realize that you owe Los Angeles and San Francisco for their financial backing. That is the reason why, when you visit California, those two cities are on your flight plan.

Is it a time to pay back by destroying the farmland around the Delta, some of the richest farmland in the state of California?

Saltwater is not conducive to growing vegetables. When the water flow to the ocean is taken away, saltwater will take its place and the tunnels will have to be moved further up the source. All this talk about saving the Delta by building the twin tunnels is a lie and I will swear to it.

The federal government has no business interfering unless they are paying for favors. Our governor has turned this project over to the Department of Water Resources so they will take the heat and not our governor. Can we object to this project? Only time will tell.

Ben Coleman


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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:31 pm on Sun, Aug 11, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Curious what the opposite of "Greenie" is..."brownies" maybe? Death and destruction, bare earth, no vegetation or wildlife?

    People who believe that the protection of a single species, especially an endangered species, is simply ridiculous, should take a course on how ecosystems work. The loss of one single species from that system could mean the demise of the whole community - including the human portion of the community.

    "Off their rockers?" Making fun of Agenda 21 is probably the most sane position Lester Snow could have taken in that video. People who believe in that "conspiracy theory" ARE "off their rockers."

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 5:36 pm on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2677

    Just to put things in the proper perspective here Kim, do you support or oppose the Peripheral Chunal as a concept? Has the Tea Party taken a position one way or another?

  • Walter Chang posted at 5:04 pm on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1187

    PS. The post is made at 9:17am, well into the workday.



  • Walter Chang posted at 5:04 pm on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1187

    Folks what happens within a conservation easements?


    No construction.

    No construction means no cement sales!

  • Walter Chang posted at 4:52 pm on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1187

    "Watch Lester Snow"

    OK, I did.

    He's a funny guy. Clearly most of those comments were made with tongue in cheek.

    After researching a bit, I've decided I like him.

    Thanks Kim.

    He's passionate about turning land into habitat.

    Your passionate about paving over land for profit.



  • Kim Parigoris posted at 9:17 am on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    If you go to the BDCP website you will find a link that leads you to a study done by their own that it will eliminate 23,000 agricultural jobs dues to ag land being retired to habitat- this isn't just about water. The SJCOG already has 19 conservation easements in San Joaquin County and this will be easing pickings for the Greenies. If you want to go to the California Dept of Fish and Wildlife website you can find the Habitat Connectivity Report to see what the environmentalists have planned for California. Steve Mayo of the SJCOG Inc who is the one that spearheads all of the conservation easements- spending public money to do it- and was a technical advisor on the HCR- so we know what the agenda is. Watch Lester Snow of the California Water Foundation speak to CARB about the Delta Farmers growing Habitat and Tules.. These people are off their rockers.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gXwCo5aal0

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:33 am on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I think Mr. Coleman's fingerpointing at the president is due to the fact that Ken Salazar, Sec. of the Interior, endorsed the Delta Tunnel plan. Whether the president also "personally" endorsed it or not is not evident.

    Agree with the comments below - although Mr. Coleman is a noted anti-Obama whiner as witnessed by his now weekly letters, this should not be a partisan issue.

    But on the other hand, since right wingers generally disagree with anything that environmentalists and other scientists believe, calling it all crack-pot science, that may not be a possibility.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 4:26 am on Fri, Aug 9, 2013.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2677

    While I certainly oppose this looming disaster, I have an awful hard time seeing the President as the driving force behind it.

    Republican AND Democrat politicians from Southern California have been pushing this nightmare since before the President was born and Democrat AND Republican politicians from the North have been opposing it just as long.

    If we are going to stop this catastrophe it will only be by banning together on the one issue that EVERYONE in the North, Red, Blue and Green, agrees on. Partisan nonsense like this letter can only lead us down the road to dismal defeat.

  • Frank Gayaldo posted at 2:44 pm on Thu, Aug 8, 2013.

    Frank Gayaldo Posts: 26

    Great comments Mr. Coleman. The BDCP will not create even one drop of water, but will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Some estimates are now as high as $54 billion dollars. The damage will be catastrophic to not only our environment, but our economy. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts. The peripheral canal was a very bad idea that California voters were smart enough to reject years ago. Hiding the canal underground is an even worst idea. The Western Delta Intakes Concept being offered by Dr. Robert Pyke should be seriously considered for the benefit of ALL of California. This is not a zero-sum game where we must pit North and against South. There is a viable solution. Unfortunately nobody in power is willing to listen to Dr. Pyke, a humble civil engineer from Australia who is trying to save California. He points out two basic principles that must be adhered to if we are going to save the Delta:

    1) Let water naturally flow through it before any water exports are taken. (He suggests extracting the water near Sherman Island by Antioch. Very logical)

    2) Extract water during wet years, and extract little or no water during dry years.

    Dr. Pyke's plan, thanks to intelligent water storage ideas, will actually create MORE water being available for Southern California. Something the BDCP totally fails to address. Plus no need to take 100,000 acres of agricultural land out of commission to mitigate damage that the BDCP will create to the environment. Californians, I beg of you. Please listen to Dr. Pyke. This need not be a polarizing political issue between North and South. Everyone can benefit from sound science.


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