|Signs removed by Jerry Brown|
State transportation officials have emboldened a protest movement in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by removing yard signs objecting to Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to build two giant water diversion tunnels. The signs, proclaiming "Save the Delta! Stop the Tunnels!", have proliferated in yards fronting state highways in the region in recent weeks. It is an effort by residents and activists to make their voices heard on the controversial issue.
"They have removed all the signs in Walnut Grove … plus everything north of there to Clarksburg," said Debbie Elliot, a Delta resident along Highway 160 whose own sign is still standing. "This is unfortunate but revealing in terms of how they want to silence us."
"Corruptus in Extremis"
The liars in Sacramento are moving heaven and earth to rape the Sacramento Delta in
order to repay the huge campaign contributions to the politicians from business and
labor looking to profit from the building contracts.
As a Conservative John Muir conservationist, I am disgusted at both parties in their drive to rape the beautiful Sacramento River Delta.
The bipartisan political liars and whores are doing their best to confuse everyone with their "Lies, damned lies, and statistics".
California’s biggest water users claim they are preparing to invest $25 billion in a water project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that may not deliver one drop of “new” water supply. Anyone who believes that statement is a fucking idiot.
The Southern California water agencies backing the project say the answer is clear-cut. They say the tunnels are essential to their economic future.
“We’ve kind of come to the conclusion that we’re near the limits of what we can do to cope,” said Jason Peltier, chief deputy general manager at Westlands Water District, the massive farm irrigation agency in the San Joaquin Valley reports the Sacramento Bee.
The big money water interests want to confuse everyone, but some numbers published by the Sacramento Bee show the truth of the matter. They want to drain the Delta.
- Westlands had its 2013 allocation of Delta water cut to just 20% of what its contract allows. If the coming winter also proves dry, Westlands estimates its 2014 allocation could be worse: zero to 10%.
- Other major water diverters south of the Delta got a 35% allocation this year, including those in Silicon Valley, Kern County, San Diego and Los Angeles.
- The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which serves 18million people in the sprawling Los Angeles-San Diego region, got only 35% of its Delta water allocation this year. Roger Patterson, assistant general manager at Metropolitan, said a reliable supply would mean 65% to 75% of the agency’s full contract water deliveries is available every year.
BDCP has no answers for residents regarding the Delta tunnels
This video shows how BDCP is an entity that is funded by So Cal water agencies and is designed to confuse people regarding the Delta tunnels.
Their goal is to get this approved by making it sound as if the project is for the environment when in fact it will be used to ensure the water agencies make more money by sucking the Sacramento river dry at the mouth of the Sacramento Delta. This $25B-$50B dollar project they say will be done without resident or voter approval using tax payer money.
The liars are coming for the Delta water
The tunnel plan is a boondoggle that will hasten the Delta's demise, while raising water bills for millions of Californians because much of the plan will be paid for through higher water rates.
The ultimate way to restore the Delta is to pump less water from it and provide new water sources around the state through more underground storage, expanded use of recycled water and better conservation -- particularly from agriculture, which uses 80 percent of the water that people consume in California reports the San Jose Mercury News.
"I think that Gov. Brown, between the high-speed rail and this big water project, sees these things as his legacies," said Zeke Grader, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations in San Francisco. "They are big monuments. If he wants to have a good legacy, he should be less concerned with monuments and more concerned with long-term workable solutions."
Eight Northern California members of Congress issued a statement opposing the project.
Under Brown's plan, two side-by-side underground tunnels, each 33 feet in diameter, would carry fresh water 35 miles from the state's largest river, the Sacramento, under the Delta to giant federal and state pumps near Tracy.
Construction would start in 2017, and the project would be completed by 2026.
|The Bessie Brady steamship on Owens Lake.|
Before Los Angeles sucked it into a dry dust bowl, Owens Lake served the communities of the eastern Sierras. Now the L.A. water interests say they need the Sacramento Delta water. They say "Don't worry about a thing."
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.