Re "Battle set on island habitat" (Page A1, Sept. 1): The Delta diversion project is Gov. Jerry Brown's payback to Southern California passed off as water for valley farmers. Taxpayers will pay billions to destroy the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, so his high roller political supporters can have cheaper water. Millions of gallons of water will be diverted from the Sacramento and American rivers to feed the swimming pools and fountains of the Los Angeles basin.
Every gallon of fresh river water diverted from the Delta farmlands will be replaced by a gallon of salt water backing up into the Delta. It took 10,000 years to develop the Delta ecosystem, and it will be destroyed in less than 20 years by the salt water intrusion.
-- Dean LaChapelle, Elk Grove