Congressmen blast revised tunnels plan

The new draft environmental documents on the governor’s twin tunnels plan are getting a cold reception from at least two Valley congressmen. “This project is not about restoring the environment,” says Rep. John Garamendi, D-Fairfield. “California law requires meeting the co-equal goals of providing a reliable water supply and preserving the environment. The twin tunnels are about building a plumbing system that will suck the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta dry and damage water quality in the San Francisco Bay.” At the heart of the “Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan,” is a plan pushed by Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. to build two tunnels, each side enough to fly a Cessna airplane through, for 35 miles beneath the Delta. The tunnels would siphon off fresh water from the Sacramento River before it could flow into the Delta. That water would then be sold to farmed in the San Joaquin Valley, to Silicon Valley and to the Los Angeles region. <more>

July 9, 2015 Central Valley Business Times