RIO VISTA — Close to 60 people gathered Wednesday at the McCormack Ranch in Rio Vista for a town hall-style meeting on efforts to oppose the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, updated those gathered in the ranch’s barn on her efforts and those of others to stall or derail the plan, which involves two massive 30-mile tunnels to remove fresh water from the Delta to send to Southern California.
The Environmental Impact Report on the project is due out soon, Wolk said. She encouraged anyone who lives along the Delta to make their voices heard if they oppose the plan. Most of those in attendance Wednesday were adamantly opposed to it.
The project’s website, www.baydeltaconservationplan.com, lists no date for the EIR to be released, but a public comment period will follow the release.
Such an undertaking could have a massive impact on the Delta, Wolk said, including introducing more salt water farther up what is naturally a mostly freshwater channel, affecting agriculture as well as the natural balance of life.
“Nobody knows what changes this will cause, but they will be big,” Wolk said, adding that the supporters of the project – mainly Gov. Jerry brown and Southern California water contractors – are working with flawed science and economics.
Wolk also called a proposed $11.4 billion water bond scheduled to go to voters next November, “just ridiculous” and “full of pork.”
She said she’s introducing her own water bond bill (Senate Bill 42) that will come in around $5 billion to $6 billion, that focuses on conservation, levees, habitat restoration and water storage, and has nothing to do with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
Solano County Supervisor Skip Thomson and Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, followed Wolk. All took questions, which mostly addressed what citizens can do to further opposition to the tunnel project.
Thomson said he has been making the rounds of Southern California newspaper editorial boards along with representatives of the other Delta counties to drum up opposition to the plan.
All encouraged those in attendance to write letters and even reach out to opposition groups in Southern California.
“It’s just marvelous that people really care, care about their environment, care about the economics of their Delta,” said Carol Turgeon of the Rio Vista Democratic Club, which co-sponsored the event with the town’s chamber of commerce.
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