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Agencies will receive Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents Friday
by Dan Bacher
Thursday Dec 5th, 2013 7:56 PM
The tunnel plan is based on the false premise that you can restore a river system by stealing more water from it.
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Agencies will receive Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents Friday

by Dan Bacher

The Brown Administration will release its long-awaited Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) to participating agencies on Friday, December 6.

The administration will then release the documents of the controversial plan to build two massive water export tunnels to the public, most likely, on Monday, December 9, according to Californians for a Fair Water Policy.

The group announced today that it will present a panel of experts in a teleconference call on Friday, December 6 at 2 pm in advance of the project’s release to brief interested media on what to look for in the 30,000-page project EIR/EIS.

The experts will address the anticipated cost and financial burden of the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), whom would benefit, whether it violates the law, and potential better solutions.

The panelists will include: Dr. Jeffrey Michael, Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific; Conner Everts, Exec. Director, Southern California Watershed Alliance; Bob Wright, Senior Counsel, Friends of the River; and Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta.

For more information, contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; steve [at] hopcraft.com Twitter: @shopcraft

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the tunnels will hasten the extinction of Sacramento River Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, Delta smelt, longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other fish species, as well as threaten the steelhead and salmon populations of the Trinity and Klamath rivers. The tunnel plan is based on the false premise that you can restore a river system by stealing more water from it.

The purpose of the $54.1 billion plan, masquerading under the "coequal goals" of water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration, is to facilitate the export of more water to corporate agribusiness, developers and oil companies.

In July, scientists from the federal lead agencies for the BDCP Environmental Impact Report - the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service - exposed the terminally flawed science it is based upon in 44 pages of comments. They criticized the draft documents for being "biased," "insufficient," "confusing," and "very subjective."

In other BDCP news, the Delta Stewardship Council has a new web page explaining the relationship between DSC's Delta Plan and BDCP, and DSC's and the Independent Science Board's role in BDCP review:
http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/delta-plan-and-bdcp