FAIRFIELD — Proposed funding for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is risky, says state Assemblyman Jim Frazier, and he’s introduced legislation to require state lawmaker approval for any tunnel or water conveyance through the Delta region.
“There is a significant amount of uncertainty on how this project will be paid for,” Frazier, D-Oakley, said in a press release. “The risk to ratepayers and taxpayers, should proposed funding not materialize, is considerable.”
He said testimony Wednesday during a hearing of the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review, which Frazier chairs, revealed significant concerns about the projected costs of the plan and the economic impacts this project will have on the Delta region and the state.
“This hearing validated the concerns that I have, therefore, I have introduced Assembly Bill 1671, which will require legislative approval prior to the construction of any tunnel or water conveyance system through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,” Frazier said. “The potential costs of this megaproject are so great that I believe there needs to be additional legislative oversight before the state commits to this obligation.”
The Assembly bill does not take a position on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, he said, but allows the Legislature the opportunity to work with the administration to ensure an economically sound project. By requiring the Legislature’s involvement in this process, Frazier said, AB 1671 will also ensure that California residents have the opportunity to comment on the viability of the plan.
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