What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas but the same is not true of the wide impact of the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta. More than 700 people gathered for the Delta Water Summit held at California State University, Fresno, to hear about a proposal designed to increase water supply reliability for Central and Southern California and a water bond to help pay for the implementation.
The California Latino Water Coalition hosted the summit. Three panels were used to discuss the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The BDCP is an effort to improve the Delta ecosystem and increase supply reliability for the two-thirds of Californians who depend on water exported from the Delta.
The center of the plan is two tunnels that would convey Sacramento River water under the Delta to the Tracy pumping plants, which feed the California Aqueduct and the Delta Mendota Canal. The summit’s main objective was to promote the BDCP, estimated to cost $24 billion.
The water districts’ view
The first panel featured water contractors, a local environmental group — Revive the San Joaquin — and a representative from the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)...