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Remaining Delta tunnel plan documents released amidst broad opposition
Dan Bacher
Carolee Krieger, president and executive director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), exposed how the construction of the peripheral tunnels would actually raise water rates in Southern California, pointing to the example of Santa Barbara County where residents have been forced to pay 6.5 times what they were promised for Delta water in 1991. “In 1991, Santa Barbara County voters approved the Coastal Aqueduct at an estimated cost of $270 million,” said Krieger. “The aqueduct ended up costing nearly $1.7 billion, and has not been necessary to meet the County's water needs. California ratepayers and taxpayers should expect the same bad deal with the Peripheral Tunnels. Just like the aqueduct, these tunnels will cost much more than promised, drown local water agencies with massive amounts of debt, and will not secure our water supply." “Water deliveries have been only 36% of what was promised for Santa Barbara’s south coast. Santa Barbara residents had to pay 6.5 times what they were promised for Delta water in 1991. A typical Santa Barbara family would have to pay $1,200 to $5,000. Many of our area families cannot afford this burden. The Peripheral Tunnels are a white elephant wrapped in pork," she revealed. Photo: Governor Jerry Brown is fast-tracking the construction of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to export massive quantities of Delta water to corporate agribusiness and oil companies.

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