Water tunnels plan won't hurt Sacramento

12/13/2013 7:10 AM

12/10/2013 4:24 PM

Re "Capital area left high and dry by Delta water tunnel scheme” (Viewpoints, Dec. 5): Councilman Darrell Fong’s concerns about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan are understandable, but facts mitigate those concerns. None of the water needed by Sacramento would be exported from the Delta. Nothing will be done to impair Sacramento’s water rights, among the oldest in California. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan will not cause Folsom Reservoir to reach the “dead-pool effect.” That threat is caused by climate change and increasing upstream use of water. The California Water Action Plan identifies these climate change challenges and the local and state partnerships required to solve them. The proposed tunnels would restore a more natural flow in the Delta, just as Councilman Fong calls for. The earthquake threat to Delta levees is real and helps justify the investment by the state of hundreds of millions of dollars in levee improvements in the last few years.

-- Jerry Meral, Sacramento, deputy secretary, California Natural Resources Agency

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