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Protect the Delta — stop taking the water

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Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 12:00 am

There are a lot of people who are going to make a bunch of money, and in doing so will destroy the Delta.

On March 14, California water officials released the first part of a $23 billion plan to restore and protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem.

The best way to protect the Delta is to stop taking the water.

Now this is getting interesting — restore and protect. It doesn't seem to me that plundering it is the best way to protect the Delta, and what kind of restoring is going to make it better?

Delta Mendota Canal was built in 1951 and the California Aqueduct, a separate water conveyance, was completed in 1997, running side by side for many miles — between both, 17,600 cfs. That's a lot of water from the Central Valley, but it's not enough for the huge corporations to the south. Los Angles needs water and they have the populace to see that they get it.

Where did the Delta California water officials come from? Are the cards being stacked against the Central Valley? It seems officials, water contractors, Gov. Brown and President Obama each have their own reason why the tunnels should be built, and it isn't to protect the Delta, in my opinion. This is going to happen whether you like it or not.

Ben Coleman

Lodi

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