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Poll: Favor Gov Brown's Water Tunnel Plan?

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal would divert water from the San Joaquin Delta for agribusiness and residential drinking water.

Gov. Jerry Brown and federal officials have announced plans for a future water delivery system that includes the construction of a $14 billion pair of tunnels that would divert water from the Sacramento River.

The side-by-side underground tunnels, 33 feet in diameter, would run beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and carry water 35 miles to pumps near Tracy to be distributed for human consumption and agribusiness outside of the immediate Delta area.

The joint state and federal project has set 2017 as the start of construction. Agribusiness and other interests have agreed to help pay for construction.

The project doesn't need voter approval. However, operating the system may hinge on a water bond measure that could be on the ballot as early as 2014, according to the Contra Costa Times.

On Wednesday, Brown and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken
Salazar announced a "proposed path forward" for the Bay Delta Conservation
Plan,
which has been in the works since 2006.

The tunnels, which have been compared to the Peripheral Canal proposal shot down by voters in 1982, are the centerpiece of that plan.

The project announcement outlined plans for conveyance facilities on the Sacramento River, south of Sacramento in the North Delta. The facilities would be able to intake up to 9,000 cubic feet of water per second.

The project also would stop the reversal of water flow caused by the existing large pumps in the southern Delta, which Salazar called "fish-killing pumps."

The governor also recognized the seismic benefits of a new system that would sustain water supply in an earthquake.

A number of state and federal elected officials, along with fishermen and conservationists, have come out against the plan.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday to urge the governor to preserve the Delta with a focus on water storage, recycling, conservation, levee repairs and habitat restoration.

Congressional representatives who have expressed concern about the plan include Reps. George Miller, D-Martinez; Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena; Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento; Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton; Anna Eshoo, D-Palo
Alto; and Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo/San Francisco.

What do you think of this plan? Vote in our poll and then tell us what you think in the comments section.

Paula Miller July 26, 2012 at 05:34 PM
No, no, no more water to Southern California!!! No, no, no more billions of dollars being spent by a Governor who doesn't listen to the people or have the vaguest idea of how real people already struggle to make a living. This governor seems to only know numbers in the billions spent on projects we neither want or need. Bullet trains, Peripheral Tunnels.......what next, our own many in space? Oops, I think we already have one too many space cadets in Sacramento!!!
Lance Howland (Editor) July 26, 2012 at 09:54 PM
How about Disney ponies up a half a billion to develop an underwater ride through the tunnel? Sharks? Angelfish? I dunno ... Just tryin to think outside the tunnel.
CM walnut creek July 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM
They build houses in the desert with pools and lawns and then they steal water from northern California and surrounding states. A desalination plant makes more sense. Of course politicians don't think.
CT- West July 27, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Same wacko ideas he had the first time he was Gov. , nothings changed. You people keep electing him to job after job and he keeps screwing up and moving on. Wake up and vote " No Incumbents" .
Roger Mammon August 01, 2012 at 11:59 PM
The entire process is designed to overturn State Water Rights giving those with the most junior water rights precedent over senior water rights holders (cities and farms in the Delta and Northern California). Check out www.overtroubledwater.org and make it a priority to see this important documentary about our Delta.

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