Critics Call Upon Gov. Brown: Inaugurate a New Water Solution; BDCP Tunnels is Doomed

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 5, 2015 
Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546;; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta

Tunnel Critics Call Upon Gov. Brown:
Inaugurate a New Water Solution; BDCP is Doomed

Violates Clean Water Act, Makes No New Water, Dooms Salmon

Sacramento, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build water export Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today called on Gov. Brown to “inaugurate a new, sustainable water solution, and abandon the doomed BDCP tunnels, which violate the Clean Water Act, degrade Delta families’ drinking water, and threaten salmon extinction,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of RTD. “For $67 billion, Californians get no new water, lose our fisheries and spend generations paying to subsidize huge, unsustainable industrial agriculture on unsuitable, drainage impaired Westside San Joaquin Valley lands.  That money would be better spent on alternatives that will make  more water available to all Californians: recycling, storm water capture, conservation, groundwater cleanup and recharge etc. It’s time for a new, sustainable solution that makes new water, creates long-term jobs, promotes regional water independence and preserves fisheries and sustainable farms.”
The tunnels’ opponents called upon Gov. Brown to “abandon the doomed project” and instead embrace a sustainable water solution that is fair to all Californians. That solution includes reducing Delta water exports, strengthening Delta levees, and investing in regional water independence through sustainable programs. “Gov. Brown is offering us the same old worn out ideas regarding water management – taking too much water from one part of the state, causing great harm to communities and fisheries, to ‘fix’ the problems for big agriculture on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.  The tunnels will provide water only for big agribusiness growers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley who farm unsustainable crops like almonds for export. The recent BDCP redesign of the pumps means absolutely nothing. It still violates the Endangered Species and Clean Water Acts and dooms our fisheries,” said Barrigan-Parrilla.


Gov. Brown’s Tunnels
Cost: $67 billion
New Water: None
Jobs: 10,000 short-term construction jobs, Destroys thousands of Delta farming, Destroys Pacific fisheries-related jobs
Who benefits? Mainly huge west San Joaquin growers

Sustainable Water Solution
Cost: $12 billion
New Water: 5-10 million acre feet
Jobs: Thousands of long-term jobs installing water-saving devices, replacing infrastructure
Who benefits? All Californians

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