Delta tunnels will only spread fish carnage

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

Re "One shot to save Delta's ecology" (Forum, Dec. 1): The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is not the "most realistic plan yet conceived" to address the equal goals of ecosystem restoration and water supply reliability, as Dennis McEwan claims. How will the peripheral tunnels benefit Central Valley Chinook salmon, steelhead and other fish species when they are, in fact, only spreading the fish carnage from the South Delta to the Sacramento River? The massacre of millions of fish annually will continue when the South Delta pumps are operating, while the new intake facilities on the Sacramento will imperil salmon in their major migratory corridor. The Environmental Water Caucus Responsible Exports Plan is a far superior plan to the BDCP. It reduces water exports to no more than 3 million acre-feet per year and brings solutions to California's water problems, including retirement of drainage-impaired land and increased water recycling and conservation.

-- Dan Bacher, Sacramento

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