Northern California House members slam Delta plan
- The politicians could build desalinization plants on the ocean and pump that water into the aqueduct system. But there would not be enough graft tax money to steal and stuff into the pockets of businessmen and unions.
Soon after People's Republic of California Governor Jerry Brown unveiled more details of his draft plan to "restore" the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, members of Congress from Northern California reacted no differently than they had earlier this month when the first part of it became public - they threw cold water on it.
The lawmakers called Brown's $23 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan "flawed," "rushed," "reckless" and "expensive."
They questioned the science behind the proposal, as well as its environmental impact. But the lawmakers' core concern appeared to be that the plan diverts too much water from the Delta through twin 35-mile tunnels to supply Central and Southern California says the Sacramento Bee.
|The Bessie Brady steamship on Owens Lake.|
In Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Range, desert steamers once served the silver mining boom of the 1870’s. This curious maritime history began in 1872 when the first steamboat was christened on the saline waters of Owens Lake. The pioneer steamer, the Bessie Brady, proudly proclaimed to be "The Pioneer inland steamer of the Pacific Coast.” Though this was untrue, as steamers had already been used in Lake Tahoe in 1864, in Meadow Lake in 1866, and Donner Lake a few years later, the sight of a steamboat in the midst of Death Valley must have been a strange site. (legendsofamerica.com)
"To solve California's water situation, we must find an approach that doesn't take the problems of one half of the state and lay them at the feet of the other half," said. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento.
"This is simply an expensive plumbing system that doesn't add a single drop to the state's water supply," said Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove.
"Moving forward could cause permanent harm to wildlife and devastate farmers, fishers and small business owners who depend on the Delta for their livelihoods," said Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa.
"Continuing with this plan, without getting input from all stakeholders, without considering other alternatives, and without specifying how the project will be paid for is a bad idea," said Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove.
In contrast, the Southern California Water Committee, which represents businesses, agricultural interests and water districts from roughly Bakersfield south, have praised the plan.
"Businesses, farmers, local elected leaders and public water agencies are all stepping up to support the Bay Delta Conservation Plan," said Charles Wilson, the committee's chairman, earlier this month.
The California Delta
One of the most beautiful places on earth
|Save the Sacramento Delta|
Don't let the political hacks destroy it.
California voters, lawmakers have no say in OK of major river diversion plan
- Appointed political hacks will carve up the Delta to pay off Big Money campaign contributors from businesses to unions all looking to suck on the government treasury.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan proposes to "restore" one of every five acres in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, breaching levees on some of the estuary's 70 islands to create tidal wetlands and marshes.
|The Delta belongs to everyone.|
Somehow Jerry Brown "restores" the Delta while sending the water south. Yeah I believe that Bullshit if you do.
It also proposes diverting the Sacramento River through two massive tunnels, 35 miles long, using three new intakes near Courtland, each nearly a half-mile square.
The idea is to revive native fish species that are drifting toward extinction and protect a freshwater supply essential to the world's eighth-largest economy.
No one knows for sure if it will work. Or if the estimated $23 billion cost will seem like a fantasy decades from now, when construction is projected to be done.
Despite these high stakes, as the process now stands California voters will have no formal say in approving the plan. Nor will the state Legislature.
The transformation of the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas is slated to be shaped and approved by a handful of appointed government officials.
For more on this story: Sacramento Bee.
|Drain the Delta Dry|
With one hand the liar political hacks claim they want to "save" the Sacramento Delta. Then with the other hand they plan to send the Delta's water south to use on Southern California front lawns, crops and golf courses.