The other Jerry is the real problem on Delta solution

Published: Friday, May. 3, 2013 - 10:05 am

Re “Flimsy justification to call for a resignation" (Editorials, May 1): Restore the Delta did not call for Natural Resources Agency Deputy Secretary Jerry Meral’s ouster. It is the other Jerry who worries us the most. There is mounting evidence that the Brown administration is trying to force science and all water stakeholders to submit to their predetermined decision to build the Delta tunnels.

The fundamental flaw with that approach is that the Delta cannot be healed with more than 50 percent of its flow being diverted. The administration refuses to conduct a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the project because it doesn’t want the public to know there are better choices out there. Not one agency will do a water availability analysis, which would show that water is overpromised seven-fold.

This is the direction that has been set by Gov. Jerry Brown. The Brown administration continues to beat the drum on how the Delta is doomed, and cannot be saved if there is an Ark Storm, which would doom the rest of the state as well. It pretends that in the event of an earthquake, burying the two tunnels would somehow protect the rest of the nearly 400-mile long water export project.

Meral’s comments reflect the marching orders the governor has given his administration. Restore the Delta’s goal is to convince the top Jerry that there’s a better solution than the tunnels. If we can do that, Meral’s point of view will change immediately.

-- Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Stockton, executive director, Restore the Delta

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