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Solano County

Supervisors to discuss Delta

By From page A4 | May 31, 2014

FAIRFIELD — County supervisors on Tuesday could decide what they want to tell the state about its plans to reshape the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The state proposes to build twin tunnels to take water under the Delta. It proposes to preserve 150,000 acres of habitat, much of which could be in Solano County. A major goal is to overcome problems facing rare fish, which under the Endangered Species Act has hindered pumping water to Central Valley farms and Southern California cities.

Supervisors will discuss the Delta at 1 p.m. at the county Government Center, 675 Texas St.

The county has until June 13 to submit a comment letter on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s 30,000-page environmental report. But county officials don’t expect the Board of Supervisors to wordsmith a letter they expect to be detailed, lengthy and technical.

Instead, the Board of Supervisors could give county staff the authority to write and submit a letter reflecting the comments by supervisors.

But first, supervisors will hear more information about the Delta. Jeffrey Michael, director of the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific, and Dante John Nomellini, counsel at Central Delta Water Agency, will make presentations.

Supervisor Skip Thomson urges those with an interest in the Delta to attend.

“With the Bay Delta Conservation Plan moving full speed ahead, it’s vital that our residents gain a better understanding of the project and its potential impacts on our community,” Thomson said in a press release.

At previous meetings, county officials have expressed such concerns as having farmland on the tax rolls converted to wildlife preserves, the presence of the new preserves hindering nearby farms, the loss of duck clubs to wildlife preserves in Suisun Marsh and the possibility that Delta farm irrigation water could grow saltier.

The state says the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has the twin goals of restoring the Delta ecosystem and securing state water supplies. An estimated 25 million Californians get water from the Delta.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Rick WoodMay 31, 2014 - 10:52 pm

    The Board has wisely resisted opposing the BDCP. Our effort should be to determine what is necessary in the plan for Solano to remain "not opposed."

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