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Dark Links: the MLPA Initiative and Bay Delta Conservation Plan
Dan Bacher
Likewise, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has been developed without any consent from California Tribes, as required under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In fact, the first formal informational meeting for California Tribes on the BDCP was held on December 10, in Sacramento - the day after the EIR/EIS for the tunnel plan was released! That is hardly "government-to-government" consultation, as required under state, federal and international law. “There is no precedent for the killing of an estuary of this size, so how could any study be trusted to protect the Delta for salmon and other fish?" asked Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe at a press conference against the tunnels at the State Capitol on December 9. "How can they even know what the effects will be? The end of salmon would also mean the end of Winnemem, so the BDCP is a threat to our very existence as indigenous people. Photo: Tribal leaders, fishermen, environmentalists, family farmers, state officials, federal agency scientists, Southern California ratepayers and the overwhelming majority of Californians oppose the budget-busting, salmon-killing tunnels. So why are Jerry Brown, John Laird, Jerry Meral and their collaborators still pushing this horrible plan? Photo by Dan Bacher.

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