Tunnel project is far from perfect

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 - 6:08 am

Re "At Tahoe summit, Brown defends accord" (Capitol & California, Aug. 20): In defending the Tahoe accord, Gov. Jerry Brown dismisses critics of both the accord and his Bay Delta Conservation Plan as being opposed to any plan that isn't "absolutely perfect."

The BDCP, or Delta tunnel project, involves the installation of thirty miles of double pipeline, each forty feet in diameter. These twin pipes will allow increased water exports to Central and Southern California from the Sacramento River, further degrading flows. The project harms Northern California drinking water supplies, fisheries, and wildlife habitat, and eliminates over 2,600 acres of Delta agricultural land. All this at a cost of $25 billion.

In short, the tunnel project is the antithesis of perfect.

-- Janis McLean, Gold River

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