Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Delta Water plan released for public scrutiny

Sacramento -- After seven years in the making, the $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels diverting water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is up for public review. And one thing is clear: You better grab your reading glasses.
The 9,000-page Bay Delta Conservation Plan and 25,000-page environmental impact report pack a hefty punch, particularly considering the public has 120 days to comment on the documents, which state officials said contain significant revisions since first drafts were released this year.
Accompanying executive summaries and brochures on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan's website say the proposal, which has the backing of Gov. Jerry Brown, is an important step in the effort to restore the delta ecosystem and stabilize the water supply for 25 million Californians and 3 million acres of farmland from San Jose to San Diego.
"This is a rational, balanced plan to help meet the needs of all Californians for generations to come," said California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird in a statement.
The public-comment period begins Friday and ends April 14. Once it ends, the state can revise its plan before submitting it to state and federal wildlife agencies, which will decide whether to issue the necessary permits to move forward.

read more at SFGate