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Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan Lacks Answers
by Dan Bacher
Tuesday Apr 15th, 2014 3:04 PM
Bill Jennings, executive director, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), said, “If they cannot explain in the implementation agreement how the 40,000 pages of fantasy in the BDCP and the EIR are going to be implemented or financed, then how can the public be expected to comment effectively by June 13, 2014, or any date for that matter?”
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Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan Lacks Answers

by Dan Bacher

Three environmental organizations today asked the big, unanswered question looming over the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the twin tunnels: Who will pay?

"With just 60 days remaining for public examination and comment, the parties involved in the creation, planning and implementation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) have failed to reveal a binding Implementation Agreement (IA) showing how the Delta tunnels project will be financed, built or operated," according to a news release from Restore the Delta, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and the Environmental Water Caucus.

The groups said the "continuing failure" to file the agreement without specificity and detail highlights the unwillingness of water exporters to document a commitment to funding construction and mitigation costs for the proposed Delta tunnels project. Specific financing information for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has not been included in the 40,000 page BDPC Plan and corresponding EIR.

“State and Federal Water Contractors have refused to make binding commitments to ensure species recovery nor have they agreed on how to finance or operate the tunnels project that has only been 10% designed,” said Restore the Delta (RTD) Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla. “The cost of this project has ballooned so high that many of the water exporters are already backing away from paying their share of costs. We hope that when the governor and water exporters finally see the real BDCP cost numbers, they will join us in advocating for more reasonable alternatives.”

Bill Jennings, executive director, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), said, “If they cannot explain in the implementation agreement how the 40,000 pages of fantasy in the BDCP and the EIR are going to be implemented or financed, then how can the public be expected to comment effectively by June 13, 2014, or any date for that matter?”

“What the current drought crisis shows us is that all rules and laws protecting the Delta, which had been created to deal with standards for dry conditions, are subject to rollback, even when the cause behind the crisis is mismanagement,” said Nick di Croce of the Environmental Water Caucus (EWC). “The lateness and lack of specificity in the Implementation Agreement demonstrates that the BDCP would never be managed or governed for the health of the estuary. It would be operated to drain every last drop out of the system to send to Westlands and the Kern County Water Agency.”

For more information, contact:
Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; steve [at] hopcraft.com; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 barbara [at] restorethedelta.org; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta
Bill Jennings, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance – deltakeep [at] me.com; 209/938-9053
Nick di Croce, Environmental Water Caucus - 805-688-7813; troutnk [at] aol.com

Friends of the River, in response to the refusal by Bay Delta Conservation Plan officials to post public comments, on April 10 announced that it is posting all comments made on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Water Tunnels project on its website, http://www.friendsoftheriver.org, under the heading Bay Delta Conservation Plan Public Comment Library.

According to the announcement from Friends of the River, "It is imperative that public interest organizations, public agencies, and California citizens, taxpayers and ratepayers have access to comments made as they come in to assist them in spotting issues and formulating their own comments on the 40,000 pages of advocacy--the Plan and draft EIR/EIS-- touting the BDCP Water Tunnels."

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by Unity Jack for Mother Earth
Wednesday Apr 16th, 2014 3:15 PM
It is funny to comment on obvious solutions to necessity, when the people have had to resiste and spend all their time trying to find a correct and ecologicallly sound way of making an alternative plan to the BDCP--Bay Delta Conservation Plan, and the MLPA--Marine Life Protection Act.

It's strange to hear the double speak (1984 style) of Big Brother designing conservation and marin protection, when in the reality of the matter-in-motion just opposite is deliberately meant and explicitly implied. Lying by any other world word would smell the same.

Materialism says truthfully to Californians that only the Pacific Ocean can solve Californian's web-of-life and all west coast 'Shortage of Water' myths and mysticisms.

Funny it is indeed to absent from future planning of ample water supply to every area of need, the needed answers to truth of supply. Indeed not so funny is to hear that the big Agribuiz and Oil Monopolies are showing that they are greenwashing their theft of water from a thriving delta to tunnel water scarcity to polluted waste water southern Big Aggie, and Oil fracking pollution destroying of more and more water.

Such fail, fail monopoly schemes are bournd to fail the legitimate work of the people of California, along with the endangered species such as Sandhill Cranes, etc., while leaving the local numerous species of fish including salmon, steelhead, smelt and others with not enough water to supply their spawing beds.

All the while on the positive side the last fifty years of ecological green organic revolution has been bringing into being the new tools; tools to put in place a win, win, plan for the environment such as wind, tidal, and solar power transformed to electricity and more power than all societies can use, and more power than all the fossil fuels on the entire planet.

Pollution is not a solution. The first industrial revolution has already burned out 40% of the worlds oxygen supply. If further plans to continue in this failed mode take place, the remaining 60% of O2 will be threatened, and we cannot live without oxygen.

BDCP, and MLPA is motivated by such failed ideology and practice, and must be stopped toute de suite.

No amount of money can solve the water situation in California with out breaking with passed fail, fail philosophy. Water from the Ocean can be got by water pipelines and electric pumping stations that don't harm the ecolological organic web-of-life.

It is possible to solve your financing by Public Banking instead of Privatization which shifts the debt on to the backs of the working people. If you use public funds for value added projects there is no debt. If you further call for Volunteers of America to come to the new revolution, and fund them via the mint via public banking from your congress, still there is no debt while society benefits absolutely.

Such a new U.S. Constiutionally guaranteed way to proceed will win, win for California and the west coast of both the North continent and the Southern continent. Each country needs to activate from the public mint, funding through public banking and voila!! Liberation from Drought conditions will prevail.

The old myth of Scarcity of Water will be gone forever and the planned garden of Eden will be a reality again.

Workers of the world unite!! End pollution causing wars, not endless drought and more and more pollution. You yet have a world to win!! Drop the salt out into saline plants, as does mother nature, and go solar work for all and forever more.