Opinion

Letter: Don’t build the Delta tunnels

Re “Farmers rejected the Delta tunnels, but the battle ain’t over. Here’s what Brown should do next.” (Editorial, Sept. 20): Local farmers have said that the twin tunnel project cannot work. Water contractor staff and consultants have hidden the project’s defects from their boards of directors while wasting millions of dollars and more than a decade of precious time. At the same time, they demonize and marginalize Delta agriculture, fisheries, environmental needs, levees, municipalities and communities. As farmers, we know how difficult it is to manage finances. From the beginning we’ve known this project would never deliver the certainty that was promised, could not be built on time and budget, and if implemented would turn the Delta into a permanent sacrifice area. We are committed to sustaining farming throughout the state. But the Delta does not have additional water to export for south-of-Delta agriculture during much of the growing season. The water we have must flow through the Delta first to protect our Delta agriculture, fisheries, communities and other beneficial uses.

Mark Wilson, Wilson Vineyards, Clarksburg

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