Lawsuit set to halt Delta Plan, governor’s water export tunnels
June 13, 2013
• Fishing, environmental, farming advocates to sue
• Groups say Bay Delta Conservation Plan falls short
A statewide group of fishing, environmental and farming groups says it plans to sue to stop the Delta Plan, which lays the groundwork for Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels to shunt Sacramento River water away from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
"The Delta Reform Act gave the Delta Stewardship Council a historic opportunity to remedy 40 years of water policy failures. The council instead failed to use the best available science -- biological or economic -- and adopted a status quo program that fails to fix the Delta or the water supply problem," says Santa Barbara resident Carolee Krieger, executive director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), a statewide water advocacy organization.
"The Council failed to honor its own mandate: the adoption of an effective strategy for the distribution of water and the preservation of the Delta."
Specifics of the lawsuit are expected to be announced Monday.
The BDCP envisions constructing massive twin tunnels 150 feet beneath the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta to siphon water out of the Sacramento River before it could flow naturally through the Delta.
The tunnels would have the capacity to suck enough water out of the river to fill the Rose Bow to the brim in less than a minute, if that were the destination for the water.
Instead, it would go to farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, to the Metropolitan Water District that serves Los Angeles and to water agencies serving Silicon Valley.