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Take Action: Oppose the Delta Tunnels

Dear friends, we have two options for you. If you have more time, we highly recommend doing #2 Writing a Letter Based On Your Experience & Expertise and/or #1 Sign Our Petition at Change.org (takes less than 5 minutes!). If you cannot find the time to sit down and write your own comment letter on the Delta tunnels, sign our petition to send our letter to California Water Fix officials and Governor Brown. Take action on this immediately! Last public comments are due on October 30, 2015.

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Tell state and federal agencies you oppose the Delta Tunnels. Our petition letter outlines three objections to the Tunnels plan for officials based on 1) environmental, 2) public health, and 3) economic concerns. It also encourages investment in shovel-ready water projects that will bring jobs and sustainability to California. In addition to signing this petition, please submit a comment of why you are signing this (in the comment box on the left.. “I’m signing because…”) or customize this letter to make it personal and unique.

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Together, Californians can stop this insane project. We have done it before and we can do it again!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Feel free to use our template in .doc format, or copy and paste text below. Any other resources you may need, including what questions to ask or what documents to refer to, we highly recommend checking our FAQs & Research page. Written comments are due by close of business Friday, Oct. 30. Comments should be mailed to BDCP/WaterFix Comments, P.O. Box 1919, Sacramento, CA 95812 or emailed to [email protected]
 
 
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Subject: Oppose the Delta Tunnels/California Water Fix (Alternative 4A)

I am writing to express my strong opposition to the the Delta Tunnels plan.

The Delta Reform Act of 2009, in which the California State Legislature committed to the “coequal goals” of providing a more reliable water supply for California AND protecting and restoring the cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta, cannot be upheld if the Delta Tunnels come to pass.

The California Water Fix does not meet the restoration goals of the Delta Reform Act; it is simply a plan to export more water out of the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. The Delta Tunnels will also fail to provide more reliable water because the Delta watershed is already oversubscribed by five times in normal water years.

My objections to the tunnels are threefold:

The California Water Fix does not address the environmental, public health or economic impacts of the proposed Delta tunnels project. Also, the plan ignores alternatives that would save California tax and ratepayers billions of dollars, while investing in the jobs and local water sources that build sustainability.

My environmental concerns with the plan are:

· The impact on wildlife and plant species in the Delta that depend on freshwater include the Delta smelt, chinook salmon, steelhead, San Joaquin kit fox, and tricolored blackbird, protected species already on the brink that will face decimation due to a diminishing food-web.

· At sea, even the ESA-listed South Pacific Puget Sound Orca Whales depend on migrating Delta species that will be harmed by less water flowing through the Delta.

· The tunnels plan seems to ignore Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act which prohibits federal agency actions that are likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or that “result in the destruction or adverse modification of [critical] habitat of [listed] species.”

My public health concerns with the plan are:

· The tunnels will cause increased contamination of municipal water and wells for the millions of rural and urban residents living in the five Delta counties.

· The tunnels plan fails to model for potential increases of carcinogens and other formation of byproducts that would cause cancer and other serious health effects.

· Environmental justice communities, who depend on subsistence fishing, will also face food and health insecurities as a result of increased contaminants, specifically mercury contamination, in fish and wildlife populations.

My economic concerns with the plan are:

· For large metropolitan cities such as Los Angeles and San Jose that depend on export water, water rates and/or property taxes will go up, but they will get no additional water.

· No analysis has been done on how the lack of fresh water flows will impact San Francisco Bay tourism and recreation. These industries depend on Delta fresh water flows for their crab and salmon fisheries, wildlife sighting, boating, and their restaurant economy. This industry is worth billions annually.

· Salinity intrusion is already impacting the western Delta farms and removing Sacramento River freshwater from the system will make matters worse. Delta farmers cannot irrigate crops with salt water and they certainly cannot plant crops in contaminated soils. The Delta Ag economy, which consists of generations of family farms and farm workers, generates $5.2 billion for the California economy, annually.

· California coastal fishing communities depend on thriving wildlife. This historic industry is worth billions annually, with the salmon industry worth $1.5 billion annually alone. Thousands of jobs and livelihoods are tied to these industries.

· The operation and construction of the tunnels will obstruct and disable navigable waterways for boating, marinas and other types of leisure activities, in addition to creating conditions of low water flow that will foster invasive aquatic species, such as water hyacinth. Poor water quality also creates unsafe recreation. Recreation and tourism in the Delta generate $750 million annually.

Alternatives to Water Exports Ignored

Far far less expensive and less environmentally destructive alternatives to the Delta Tunnels were largely ignored. The plan does not seriously consider any alternatives other than new, upstream conveyance. The decision-making process (from the outset) has tilted in favor of increasing water exports from the Delta.

Our tax and ratepayer dollars would be much better spent on:

· More aggressive water efficiency program statewide that would apply to both urban and agricultural users.

· Funding water recycling and groundwater recharging projects statewide that would be billions of dollars less expensive for rate payers than constructing a new version of the Peripheral Canal or major new surface storage dams. Meanwhile, these projects move communities towards water sustainability.

· Retiring thousands of acres of impaired and pollution generating farmlands in the southern San Joaquin Valley and using those lands for more sustainable and profitable uses, such as solar energy generation.

· Improving Delta levees in order to address potential earthquake, flooding, and future sea level rise concerns at a cost between $2 to $4 billion and is orders of-magnitude less expensive than major conveyance projects that are currently being contemplated.

· Increasing freshwater flows through the Delta to reduce pollutants so ecosystems and wildlife can be restored.

· Installing fish screens at the south Delta pumps to reduce the current salvage of marine life.

In Summary

The Delta has problems that need to be addressed, but the CA Water Fix tunnels are a 20th century idea that won’t fix them. It won’t produce more water, more reliable supplies, or improved conditions for the environment in the Delta.

The new EIR/EIS has not adequately addressed my above stated concerns. That is why I oppose the Delta Tunnels/California Water Fix (Alternative 4A).

Reclamation and DWR should prepare and circulate a new Draft EIR/EIS that will include alternatives that reduce water exports and increase Delta flows for consideration by the public and decision-makers. Such alternatives have a far better chance of complying with the Delta Reform Act and the federal Endangered Species and Clean Water Acts.

End of letter

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Pat Brodston August 25, 2015 at 11:10 am

Don’t mess with our delta!!!!

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Margaret Lomax August 25, 2015 at 11:14 am

We don’t need this and it won’t work. Why have tunnels if they are going to be empty over half the time?

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Connie August 25, 2015 at 11:45 am

These tunnels are just a waste of Money and Water there are so many other better solutions to Californians water problems.It is all about money and politics not California, Wake up people . Stop the madness!!

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Patricia Hilaire August 25, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Stop the tunnels! This is a waste of efforts and money and will not improve/produce more water.

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Carolyn Pettis August 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm

I am writing to express my strong opposition to the the Delta Tunnels plan.

The Delta Reform Act of 2009, in which the California State Legislature committed to the “coequal goals” of providing a more reliable water supply for California AND protecting and restoring the cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta, cannot be upheld if the Delta Tunnels come to pass.

The California Water Fix does not meet the restoration goals of the Delta Reform Act; it is simply a plan to export more water out of the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. The Delta Tunnels will also fail to provide more reliable water because the Delta watershed is already oversubscribed by five times in normal water years.

My objections to the tunnels are threefold:

The California Water Fix does not address the environmental, public health or economic impacts of the proposed Delta tunnels project. Also, the plan ignores alternatives that would save California tax and ratepayers billions of dollars, while investing in the jobs and local water sources that build sustainability.

My environmental concerns with the plan are:

· The impact on wildlife and plant species in the Delta that depend on freshwater include the Delta smelt, chinook salmon, steelhead, San Joaquin kit fox, and tricolored blackbird, protected species already on the brink that will face decimation due to a diminishing food-web.

· At sea, even the ESA-listed South Pacific Puget Sound Orca Whales depend on migrating Delta species that will be harmed by less water flowing through the Delta.

· The tunnels plan seems to ignore Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act which prohibits federal agency actions that are likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or that “result in the destruction or adverse modification of [critical] habitat of [listed] species.”

My public health concerns with the plan are:

· The tunnels will cause increased contamination of municipal water and wells for the millions of rural and urban residents living in the five Delta counties.

· The tunnels plan fails to model for potential increases of carcinogens and other formation of byproducts that would cause cancer and other serious health effects.

· Environmental justice communities, who depend on subsistence fishing, will also face food and health insecurities as a result of increased contaminants, specifically mercury contamination, in fish and wildlife populations.

My economic concerns with the plan are:

· For large metropolitan cities such as Los Angeles and San Jose that depend on export water, water rates and/or property taxes will go up, but they will get no additional water.

· No analysis has been done on how the lack of fresh water flows will impact San Francisco Bay tourism and recreation. These industries depend on Delta fresh water flows for their crab and salmon fisheries, wildlife sighting, boating, and their restaurant economy. This industry is worth billions annually.

· Salinity intrusion is already impacting the western Delta farms and removing Sacramento River freshwater from the system will make matters worse. Delta farmers cannot irrigate crops with salt water and they certainly cannot plant crops in contaminated soils. The Delta Ag economy, which consists of generations of family farms and farm workers, generates $5.2 billion for the California economy, annually.

· California coastal fishing communities depend on thriving wildlife. This historic industry is worth billions annually, with the salmon industry worth $1.5 billion annually alone. Thousands of jobs and livelihoods are tied to these industries.

· The operation and construction of the tunnels will obstruct and disable navigable waterways for boating, marinas and other types of leisure activities, in addition to creating conditions of low water flow that will foster invasive aquatic species, such as water hyacinth. Poor water quality also creates unsafe recreation. Recreation and tourism in the Delta generate $750 million annually.

Alternatives to Water Exports Ignored

Far far less expensive and less environmentally destructive alternatives to the Delta Tunnels were largely ignored. The plan does not seriously consider any alternatives other than new, upstream conveyance. The decision-making process (from the outset) has tilted in favor of increasing water exports from the Delta.

Our tax and ratepayer dollars would be much better spent on:

· More aggressive water efficiency program statewide that would apply to both urban and agricultural users.

· Funding water recycling and groundwater recharging projects statewide that would be billions of dollars less expensive for rate payers than constructing a new version of the Peripheral Canal or major new surface storage dams. Meanwhile, these projects move communities towards water sustainability.

· Retiring thousands of acres of impaired and pollution generating farmlands in the southern San Joaquin Valley and using those lands for more sustainable and profitable uses, such as solar energy generation.

· Improving Delta levees in order to address potential earthquake, flooding, and future sea level rise concerns at a cost between $2 to $4 billion and is orders of-magnitude less expensive than major conveyance projects that are currently being contemplated.

· Increasing freshwater flows through the Delta to reduce pollutants so ecosystems and wildlife can be restored.

· Installing fish screens at the south Delta pumps to reduce the current salvage of marine life.

In Summary

The Delta has problems that need to be addressed, but the CA Water Fix tunnels are a 20th century idea that won’t fix them. It won’t produce more water, more reliable supplies, or improved conditions for the environment in the Delta.

The new EIR/EIS has not adequately addressed my above stated concerns. That is why I oppose the Delta Tunnels/California Water Fix (Alternative 4A).

Reclamation and DWR should prepare and circulate a new Draft EIR/EIS that will include alternatives that reduce water exports and increase Delta flows for consideration by the public and decision-makers. Such alternatives have a far better chance of complying with the Delta Reform Act and the federal Endangered Species and Clean Water Acts.
Thank you for accepting comments.

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Stina Va August 25, 2015 at 3:10 pm
Harriet Ingram August 25, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Big waste of our tax dollars, we don’t want salt water ruining good farming land.

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Sandy Goulart August 25, 2015 at 1:17 pm

STOP THESE TUNNELS! Billionaires Agribusinesses, on the Westside need to STOP planting permanent crops on desert lands!

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Diane Shoff August 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm

No tunnels. Tunnels will destroy the Sacramento San Joaquin delta

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Barbara Cullen August 25, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Leave our Delta water alone. The tunnels are a terrible plan. Too expensive and it will never work. What a waste of water.

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Kersti Evans August 25, 2015 at 2:37 pm

The tunnels will ruin our ecosystem

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Dianna kniss August 25, 2015 at 3:58 pm

This is our water.maybe you should get sea water and take the salt out.our area depends on the delta water for recreation and watering our many crops .get your own. Also you want us to help you pay for tunnels to steal our water. Bull shit!!!!

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Michael Cendejas August 25, 2015 at 4:53 pm

NO tunnels, makes NO sense, creates NO water!!!

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Frank & Mary Middleton August 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Subject: Oppose the Delta Tunnels/California Water Fix (Alternative 4A)

I am writing to express my strong opposition to the the Delta Tunnels plan. I have lived in a waterfront home on the Delta for 33 years and used the Delta for Water Skiing, Fishing and Cruising in the Delta for over 45 years. Please do not ruin the Delta by removing its most needed substance “Fresh Water” to maintain the balance of this unique Delta Estuary.

The Delta Reform Act of 2009, in which the California State Legislature committed to the “coequal goals” of providing a more reliable water supply for California AND protecting and restoring the cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta, cannot be upheld if the Delta Tunnels come to pass.

The California Water Fix does not meet the restoration goals of the Delta Reform Act; it is simply a plan to export more water out of the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. The Delta Tunnels will also fail to provide more reliable water because the Delta watershed is already oversubscribed by five times in normal water years.

My objections to the tunnels are threefold:

The California Water Fix does not address the environmental, public health or economic impacts of the proposed Delta tunnels project. Also, the plan ignores alternatives that would save California tax and ratepayers billions of dollars, while investing in the jobs and local water sources that build sustainability.

My environmental concerns with the plan are:

· The impact on wildlife and plant species in the Delta that depend on freshwater include the Delta smelt, chinook salmon, steelhead, San Joaquin kit fox, and tricolored blackbird, protected species already on the brink that will face decimation due to a diminishing food-web.

· At sea, even the ESA-listed South Pacific Puget Sound Orca Whales depend on migrating Delta species that will be harmed by less water flowing through the Delta.

· The tunnels plan seems to ignore Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act which prohibits federal agency actions that are likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or that “result in the destruction or adverse modification of [critical] habitat of [listed] species.”

My public health concerns with the plan are:

· The tunnels will cause increased contamination of municipal water and wells for the millions of rural and urban residents living in the five Delta counties.

· The tunnels plan fails to model for potential increases of carcinogens and other formation of byproducts that would cause cancer and other serious health effects.

· Environmental justice communities, who depend on subsistence fishing, will also face food and health insecurities as a result of increased contaminants, specifically mercury contamination, in fish and wildlife populations.

My economic concerns with the plan are:

· For large metropolitan cities such as Los Angeles and San Jose that depend on export water, water rates and/or property taxes will go up, but they will get no additional water.

· No analysis has been done on how the lack of fresh water flows will impact San Francisco Bay tourism and recreation. These industries depend on Delta fresh water flows for their crab and salmon fisheries, wildlife sighting, boating, and their restaurant economy. This industry is worth billions annually.

· Salinity intrusion is already impacting the western Delta farms and removing Sacramento River freshwater from the system will make matters worse. Delta farmers cannot irrigate crops with salt water and they certainly cannot plant crops in contaminated soils. The Delta Ag economy, which consists of generations of family farms and farm workers, generates $5.2 billion for the California economy, annually.

· California coastal fishing communities depend on thriving wildlife. This historic industry is worth billions annually, with the salmon industry worth $1.5 billion annually alone. Thousands of jobs and livelihoods are tied to these industries.

· The operation and construction of the tunnels will obstruct and disable navigable waterways for boating, marinas and other types of leisure activities, in addition to creating conditions of low water flow that will foster invasive aquatic species, such as water hyacinth. Poor water quality also creates unsafe recreation. Recreation and tourism in the Delta generate $750 million annually.

Alternatives to Water Exports Ignored

Far far less expensive and less environmentally destructive alternatives to the Delta Tunnels were largely ignored. The plan does not seriously consider any alternatives other than new, upstream conveyance. The decision-making process (from the outset) has tilted in favor of increasing water exports from the Delta.

Our tax and ratepayer dollars would be much better spent on:

· More aggressive water efficiency program statewide that would apply to both urban and agricultural users.

· Funding water recycling and groundwater recharging projects statewide that would be billions of dollars less expensive for rate payers than constructing a new version of the Peripheral Canal or major new surface storage dams. Meanwhile, these projects move communities towards water sustainability.

· Retiring thousands of acres of impaired and pollution generating farmlands in the southern San Joaquin Valley and using those lands for more sustainable and profitable uses, such as solar energy generation.

· Improving Delta levees in order to address potential earthquake, flooding, and future sea level rise concerns at a cost between $2 to $4 billion and is orders of-magnitude less expensive than major conveyance projects that are currently being contemplated.

· Increasing freshwater flows through the Delta to reduce pollutants so ecosystems and wildlife can be restored.

· Installing fish screens at the south Delta pumps to reduce the current salvage of marine life.

In Summary

The Delta has problems that need to be addressed, but the CA Water Fix tunnels are a 20th century idea that won’t fix them. It won’t produce more water, more reliable supplies, or improved conditions for the environment in the Delta.

The new EIR/EIS has not adequately addressed my above stated concerns. That is why I oppose the Delta Tunnels/California Water Fix (Alternative 4A).

Reclamation and DWR should prepare and circulate a new Draft EIR/EIS that will include alternatives that reduce water exports and increase Delta flows for consideration by the public and decision-makers. Such alternatives have a far better chance of complying with the Delta Reform Act and the federal Endangered Species and Clean Water Acts.

Sincerely,
Frank & Mary Middleton

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Stina Va August 26, 2015 at 11:38 am
John Morelli August 25, 2015 at 5:32 pm

This is insanity! Complete madness. The beautiful Delta region, our environment, the entire ecosystem in the Delta will perish if these tunnels are built. It does not make sense to do this tunnel madness.

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Janice Hutchinson August 25, 2015 at 6:10 pm

The Delta Reform Act of 2009, in which the California State Legislature committed to the “coequal goals” of providing a more reliable water supply for California AND protecting and restoring the cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta, cannot be upheld if the Delta Tunnels come to pass. And thus they are illegal.
The many species, including ours, who rely on fresh delta water will not be upheld by this plan. And as far as agricultural needs there are many less intrusive ways to save water, including covering the canals to stop evaporation, not irrigating land which is inappropriate farmland due to runoff minerals, stop using water to extract oil, even desalinization is a possibility. As far as the delta goes, we need to strengthen existing levees.

Thank you for your attention

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Joe Peterson August 25, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Stop the tunnels! This is a waste of efforts and money and will not improve/produce more water.

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Ron Fletcher August 25, 2015 at 7:31 pm

We do not need the twin tunnels or anymore water pumped and taken from our Bay and Delta Waterway. Our Bay Delta ecosystem is dying.
WE NEED TO SAVE THE BAY AND DELTA . WE DO NOT NEED TO SAVE THE ALMOND FARMERS THAT EXPORT MOST OF THE ALMONDS OUT OF OUR COUNTRY.

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james athas August 25, 2015 at 9:58 pm

The tunnels will ruin our fishery.

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Lester August 25, 2015 at 10:41 pm

I just want everyone to know Me and my Wife and a lot of other people are going to lost our Homes because of this Evil tunnel scheme. Most of the people in these small towns are not wealthy our home is all we have. Is Governor Brown going to buy us all new homes Hell NO!! We will be bought out pennies on the dollar and forget about us.
I was reading about the Jewish people in the Ukraine, Russia is taking their homes and these people fear for their lives. Guess what came to mind, The Tunnels, This Governor and his Henchmen are going to come in and take our Homes and Farmland we have no say so about it. This is not the America I remember. We have a dictator for a President and a Dictator for our Governor. He didn’t have bids for the contract for the tunnels because he needed just the right guy to do his biding.
The sad thing about all of this is hardly anyone knows or cares about these tunnels. As long as it doesn’t affect them. I talked to my doctor today and she didn’t even know about the tunnels. I talked to my cousin in San Diego and she doesn’t know about the tunnels. The Media again is concealing information about these tunnels. If the public really knew how much these tunnels were going to cost and All of use are going to pay for a worthless pipe line that will take away all recreation, farming, kill millions of fish. Turn the delta into a cesspool of Death and I am not just talking about fish.
We need to get the word out on the internet, family, friends and who ever. The them to send what they receive from use to whoever they can.
Stop these Tunnels or there will be trouble, No one is going to give up their land, Homes without a fight.

My thought
Lester Kite

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Caryn Simon August 26, 2015 at 5:44 am

Restore the Delta not destroy it.

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Keirsha Girouard August 26, 2015 at 6:14 am

Just stop, the government doesn’t have the best interest at heart, don’t ruin the delta like you’ve done everything else.

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Melanie Schauer August 26, 2015 at 9:52 am

No tunnels in the Delta, Governor Brown. Dig deep inside yourself, destroying the Delta and our way of life can’t really be the legacy you dream of leaving.

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brian cleaver August 26, 2015 at 10:10 am

This is a complete affront on the people of California. No public approval of the BCDP and Mr Brown running roughshod over the public. In my opinion not only is the cost of the tunnels a complete waste and with likely overruns does not produce one drop of water. This is no way to fight drought conditions we need active programs that either produce water ( Salinity extraction) or conserve the water available. We can and will have to fight on the existing grounds outlined above. The real issue is this is a complete waste of money and impacts the lives and jobs in all northern California.

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Mark Whisler August 26, 2015 at 10:48 am

put the mailing and email addresses in your sample letter

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Stina Va August 27, 2015 at 9:13 am

Thanks Mark, we will do that!

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Bill Jacobson August 26, 2015 at 11:45 am

Mother Earth can no longer take the abuse. Mankinds insatiable appetite for money, power and greed must end now. Water is sacred. Water is Life!

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Robert Ansell August 26, 2015 at 6:57 pm

Just consider the business of fish we need fish to keep the rivers healthy. How can we in take such an important resource and just kill them for water down south.
Does federal enviromental law mean nothing.

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Carol Pecoraro August 27, 2015 at 4:21 am

Leave California alone, quite trying to waste tax payers money. There is no public approval for these tunnels. Sad that it has come to this.

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Mike Bennett August 27, 2015 at 10:08 am

Fly from Sacramento (brown grass) to LA (green grass) Your view from above does not lie. Socal needs to conserve and build storage and desalination plants. We don’t need the vampire tunnels.

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Sharon Joseph August 27, 2015 at 11:29 am

I strongly oppose this action. The Delta enriches the lives of all those who live around it. It makes no sense to destroy it Govenor Brown. It’s a waste of time and money that we don’t have.

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Kristine weber August 27, 2015 at 2:02 pm

So much water is ready going south our have dead trees and lawns the farmers can’t water their crops and in the desert they have green lawns and waste water we don’t need tunnels we need more water storage and the people in Southern California is Start conserving water

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Pattie Addison August 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Born and raised in the Delta. I strongly oppose building the tunnels. No! No! No Tunnels. Leave our Delta waterways and find water for Southern CA somewhere other than Northern CA.

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Joann Tucker August 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Please save the Delta Don’t destroy it!

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