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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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2 comments:

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 8:17 am on Mon, Apr 1, 2013.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    The new plumbing is estimated to cost $14 billion, to be paid by farm and urban water ratepayers who rely on Delta water, via rate increases to repay bonds issued by DWR.
    The plan also calls for converting many Delta islands into 145,000 acres of restored wildlife habitat. This is estimated to cost $4 billion, which the planners expect all California taxpayers to fund.
    The balance of the estimated $23 billion cost consists of long-term operations and maintenance expenses, which recipients of the water would also pay.

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/28/5298444/bay-delta-conservation-plan-documents.html#storylink=cpy

     
  • Kim Parigoris posted at 8:07 am on Mon, Apr 1, 2013.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    The Delta Bay Conservation Plan admittedly says that there will be 28,232 agricultural jobs lost due to agricultural land being retired. They are buying up conservation easements in this county at a rapid rate. These landowners that have sold these easements will find that their land usage will be controlled and if/when they decide to sell, they will find that their land is worth nothing, except for an environmental habitat, and part of this DBCP. The plan is to make the Central Valley one big Habitat area. check it out here..http://www.scwildlands.org/projects/caltrans.aspx

     

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