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Delta Protection Commission Opposes Peripheral Tunnels!
Dan Bacher
The Delta Protection Commission voted 9-2 on May 24 to oppose the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels as currently drafted. This is a huge victory for Delta advocates, fish, the environment and the people of California. The construction of the twin tunnels would hasten the extinction of Sacramento River chinook salmon, Delta and longfin smelt and other fish species and take large areas of Delta farmland, among the most fertile on the planet, out of production in order to continue irrigating toxic land farmed by corporate agribusiness interests on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. I applaud Restore the Delta (RTD) Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla and board member Bill Jennings, also Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, for successfully urging the Delta Protection Commission to pursue a more cost-effective and sustainable water plan than building the proposed peripheral tunnels at the DPC meeting. To read the Environmental Water Caucus reduced exports plan, go to: http://www.ewccalifornia.org/reports/REDUCEDEXPORTSPLAN.pdf Photo of Sacramento River at Rio Vista by Dan Bacher. Below is the Restore the Delta press release:

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