Meral retires but Delta plan endures

Published: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Re "Top water official linked to tunnel plans to retire" (Page A4, Dec 15): I am the California Water Impact Network analyst who reported Jerry Meral's comment that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan was never about saving the Delta. The comment by the state's top water official was rumored to have triggered his retirement as a deputy resources secretary. I do believe his candid comments about the BDCP had much to do with his retirement. Unfortunately, the fiscally irresponsible and environmentally disastrous project he promoted as the twin tunnels endures. The Westlands Water District recently learned that it will cost contractors an extra $1.2 billion to complete design work on the tunnels. This extraordinary cost inflation should be taken as a harbinger for the entire project. And who will pay? Ratepayers, which means almost everyone who receives a municipal water bill in California. We don't need this boondoggle.

-- Tom Stokely, Mt. Shasta, water policy analyst, California Water Impact Network

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