Delta proposal lacks guarantees for ecology funding

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 - 7:10 am

Re "One shot to save Delta's ecology" (Forum, Dec. 1): Dennis McEwan's opinion glosses over the fundamental weakness of the ecological component of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan: While the hardware has guaranteed funding by assessing consumers of the water, funds for the ecological component must be raised by California voters approving future bond measures. If these bond measures fail, California gets the tunnels and the water diversion, but no ecological restoration. Bee staff writer Matt Weiser's March 28 news story "Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents reveal details, stir concerns" says, "The new plumbing is estimated to cost $14 billion,... paid by farm and urban water ratepayers ... via rate increases to repay bonds issued by DWR." The story also says the plan calls for converting many Delta islands into restored wildlife habitat. This is estimated to cost $4 billion, which the planners expect all California taxpayers to fund, according to the article.

-- Carol Rubin, Newcastle

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