People, Process, Technology

SAVE THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY DELTA – STOP THE TUNNELS

Social Alliance Network encourages all people to oppose the development of the Bay Delta Conservation Project (BDCP).

Overview

The Bay Delta Conservation Project (BDCP), also known as the “Twin Tunnel Project”, is a plan developed and supported by numerous private, corporate, State, Federal and NGO organizations to move and divert Northern California water. The BDCP states that this is a “long-term strategy to secure California’s water supplies and improve the ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.” [1] They reason that there are Co-Equal goals for the project, to improve water supply and to restore Bay Delta ecosystems.

Our position is that 30 miles of water tunnels will negatively impact the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and Northern California aquatic wildlife ecology now, and for generations to come. Killing and destroying fish and aquatic life, wildlife, and infiltrating 30 miles plus of land mass as a means to divert water to large scale agribusiness and Southern California water districts is short sighted and is an unsustainable method of caring for our water, watershed ecology and natural resources living far beyond the Sacramento delta.

The Bay Delta Conservation Project claims that the following benefits will improve water supply and Bay Delta ecosystems: [2]

- Secure water supplies for a “vast” part of California economy from the Bay Area to San Diego and more than 3 million acres of farmland

- Create and protect jobs: Boost the economy by $84 billion dollars

- Ecosystem Restoration for Delta fish and wildlife

These claims deserve our utmost attention and concern.

In securing water supplies for a “vast” part of California economy, what is the actual cost? The foundational economic goods and services of a healthy Bay Delta ecosystem include clean water, exclusion of salt water infiltration, rich land mass, food, beauty, recreation, tourism and many other benefits that sustain healthy Bay Delta communities.

The study that states that creating and protecting jobs will boost the “economy” by $84 billion dollars. Nature provides a wide array of market and non-market benefits to society, ranging from recreational and scenic qualities, to extractive uses such as fishing, farming, production of oxygen for the air we breathe. All Northern and Central California Tribes, planners, watershed managers, forest owners, natural resource agencies, scholars and businesses must be included in the research and communication process to adequately determine the value of nature’s capital assets.

In stating that ecosystem restoration for Delta fish and wildlife will be enhanced, do the majority the aforementioned voices Tribes, planners, watershed managers, flood rush managers, forest owners, natural resources agencies, etcetera, agree?

Our Viewpoint

We encourage all People and communities to urgently become informed on this attempt to disrupt our land, our native aquatic life, wildlife, waterways and way of life. Point 1: What will be lost Point 2: Who will benefit

Plan of action:

As of today, registered voters in California will NOT be able to vote on this project. The People of California should at minimum be able to vote yes or no for this project. Please, let your friends, neighbors, foes etcetera know the facts. Let them know that this plan is moving forward and that one voice opposing this plan is vital for the future of a sustainable and healthy Delta watershed.

1) a Public Vote is IMPERATIVE

2) An impartial study must be mandated.

RESOURCES: http://overtroubledwaters.org A film trailer highlighting what is at risk. http://restorethedelta.org Taking Action!

Bibliography:

[1] see: Fast Facts of the BDCP http://goo.gl/ioY2Nx [2] California Department of Water Resources: http://www.water.ca.gov/tribal/bdcp.cfm

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