Save the Salmon: Stop the Delta Tunnels Plan

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The purpose of the California Water Fix and Eco Restore (AKA the Bay Delta Conservation Plan), as proposed by California governor Jerry Brown, is to carry fresh water from the Sacramento River under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta toward the intake stations for the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project (0). However, many findings and studies by experts suggest this plan will cause more harm than good. The construction of the tunnels is estimated to be around $24.5 billion, and, among other factors, will be destructive to Delta ecosystems (3).

The Delta Tunnels of the California Water Fix plan will not ease California's growing water crisis, and it will also endanger a number of habitats and species, including the Chinook salmon. This already endangered species will in turn have a devastating effect the dwindling population of the Southern Resident Killer Whales, whose primary diet is Chinook Salmon. As a teen resident of California and someone who is passionate about wildlife, I urge you to educate yourself on this topic and sign this petition.

"Under a plan called the California Water Fix (formerly known as BDCP), a pair of twin tunnels, 40 feet in diameter, will be constructed 150 feet underneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The tunnels would run about 30 miles, from south of Sacramento to north of Tracy"(1).

"The models used to gauge the damage to salmon showed a zero percent chance the tunnels would help winter-run Chinook salmon. Instead the modeling showed a slow steady decline towards extinction for these salmon if the tunnels are built and operated as currently envisioned. . . The NMFS science and the peer review both make clear the current twin tunnels proposal will likely drive the salmon to extinction and will harm other wildlife. GGSA has no option but to oppose this project.”

--John McManus, Golden Gate Salmon Association executive director

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"Governor Brown continues to push for the construction of the Delta Tunnels. After claiming that California would lead “the Resistance” against Donald Trump in his State of the State Address on January 24, Brown later praised the president for his plan to spend $1 trillion in infrastructure funding. Delta advocates fear that Brown will try to make a deal with the Trump administration to approve the permits to build the California WaterFix" (2).

Alternative Solutions (As suggested by Restore the Delta and California Water Impact Network):

  1. Strengthen the existing Delta levees.
  2. Reduce the amount of water taken from the Delta and retire toxic farmland.
  3. Increase natural flows of fresh water through the Delta.
  4. Increase reliance on local water supply and improve water capture and storage.
  5. Better management of groundwater basins.
  6. Improve fish screens at existing delta pumps.
  7. Make water a true public trust.


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