Speaking to an audience in Chico, a Sacramento Valley town with a state college attached to a popular brewery, state Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin succinctly stated the reasoning bethind the Bay Delta Conservation Plan: In order to save the Delta, it is necessary to destroy it -- for the good of the fish, the environment, farmers and 25 million people who depend on it for drinking water -- because the state and federal government has to move forward and show the people that it can proact in a big way in the 21st century.--blj
...While drought and groundwater are the topics of the day, Cowin said the plans to build water delivery around the delta are still necessary.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which includes tunnels for water diversions, is still neededno, Mark Cowin, director of the Department of Water Resources, noted.
“The delta is simply the weakest link in our statewide water infrastructure,” he said. “It’s not just about deliveries. The ability to provide water for transfers and water for recharge is limited by the inability to move water through the delta without harm to endangered fish,” he said.
“I truly believe we would be derelict in our duties if we did not pursue ways to modernize the State Water Project.” -- Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record, March 9, 2015