Hundreds of people who oppose a plan to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to southern California held a rally at the State Capitol Tuesday.
The event was timed to protest the plan as the official public comment period on the more than 30,000-page draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan comes to an end.
The plan’s stated goal is to restore the ecology of the Delta and build twin tunnels to provide a more reliable source of water for southern California. Mike Jackson an attorney with the California Water Impact Network calls the plan fatally flawed.
“There are many mistakes in this document, there are many unsupported conclusions," says Jackson. "Many questions have been pushed underground in appendixes, much like they pushed the water grab underground.”
Nancy Vogel with the Department of Water Resources says they extended the public comment deadline twice and have received thousands of comments.
“As we review the comments we’ll also consider whether to amend or revise the plan itself and that may be necessary,” says Vogel.
The final environmental report will not likely be released until next year. State and federal wildlife agencies would still have to approve it.