Monday, April 1, 2013

Garamendi and Matsui Break Ranks on Delta Plan

Members of Congress float their doubts on Delta plan
Last week, soon after Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled more details of his plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, members of Congress from Northern California reacted no differently than they had when the first part of it became public – they threw cold water on it.
They questioned the science of the plan and its environmental impact. The core concern appeared to be that the plan diverts too much water from the Delta through twin 35-mile tunnels to supply Central and Southern California.
"To solve California's water situation, we must find an approach that doesn't take the problems of one-half of the state and lay them at the feet of the other half," said. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento.
"This is simply an expensive plumbing system that doesn't add a single drop to the state's water supply," said Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove.
The Southern California Water Committee, which represents businesses, ag interests and water districts from roughly Bakersfield south, have praised the plan.
"Businesses, farmers, local elected leaders and public water agencies are all stepping up to support the Bay Delta Conservation Plan," said Charles Wilson, the committee's chairman, last month.
Brown moves forward
Gov. Jerry Brown has filled one of three vacancies on the California High-Speed Rail Authority, appointing transportation consultant Katherine Perez-Estolano of Pasadena. Perez-Estolano, 45, is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development. She co-founded the consulting firm Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors LLC.

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