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Bechtel Foundation funds studies supporting California's 'Big Dig'
Dan Bacher
“Is it worth destroying the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast of the Americas to support .5% of the state’s GDP?" asked Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. "How does it make sense to sacrifice prime Delta agriculture, which is roughly equivalent economically with Westlands, to perpetuate subsidized water for unsustainable farming on ill-suited lands?" Photo of the Bechtel Conference Center courtesy of the PPIC. “The Bechtel Conference Center is designed to serve as both a meeting place and a learning center for nonprofit organizations, highlighting the value that PPIC places on civic engagement, consensus-building, and respect for different perspectives,” according to the PPIC website (http://www.ppic.org.) “The center was made possible by a gift from the Stephen Bechtel Fund and opened in spring 2011. In its design and operation, the center reflects the values that PPIC and the Bechtel family place on environmental and technological innovation.”

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