Let’s vote on the proposed Delta tunnels

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Re “Tunnels’ wildlife impact unclear” (Page A1, Dec. 18): The Golden Gate Salmon Association agrees that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s proposed tunnels are bad for California’s iconic salmon and salmon-dependent communities. The plan calls for two gigantic tunnels, big enough to divert the entire Sacramento River at most times of the year. History shows we’d be fools to trust the tunnel backers’ promise they’ll never divert enough water to harm salmon. And restoration of 100,000 acres of Delta wetland won’t do much for salmon, even though it may be good for waterfowl. Let’s be honest. The "peripheral tunnels" were conceived to help a handful of San Joaquin Valley growers get more water, not recover imperiled species like winter and spring run salmon. Why not put this to a vote of the people?

-- John McManus, Pacifica, executive director, Golden Gate Salmon Association

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