Environmental group details ways to improve state’s water systems

March 14, 2017 11:45am

•  Offers projects to store, reuse and conserve water

•  “We should invest in projects that create good jobs and water sustainability in communities statewide”

Instead of draining part of the Sacramento River into massive water tunnels to bypass the California Delta, the state should look to other projects that would offer greater benefits at less cost, a report from the environmental group Restore the Delta says.

(Click on the link below to read the proposal)

The report points to the crumbling of the Oroville dam spillway last month as an example of projects that need to be fixed instead of pouring billions into a tunnels project that would not increase water supplies.

“The narrowly-averted disaster was a warning signal to every state resident. Our existing water infrastructure has fallen into a dangerous state of disrepair,” the Restore the Delta report says.

RTD contends that regional self-reliance is one of the best ways to provide a more reliable water supply. “This requires investment in water conservation, maximizing wastewater reuse and groundwater recharge, while capturing storm water and rainwater, gray water, and fixing leaky local pipes,” it says.

It cites figures from University of the Pacific Center for Business and Policy Research Director Jeffrey Michael who has said that the investments in water conservation create 15 to 20 jobs per million dollars of spending, “as opposed to the five jobs per million dollars of investment that is touted for the Delta Tunnels.”

“Rather than building out Jerry Brown’s massively expensive Delta Tunnels to serve large corporate farms, we should invest in projects that create good jobs and water sustainability in communities statewide,” says Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta.

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