Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bay Delta Plan Impacts

In 1982, during Governor Jerry Brown's first administration, California voters turned down the peripheral canal that would have skirted Northern California water around the Bay Delta. Continued diversion of water flowing through the delta's channels has created an ecological crisis in the delta. After decades of contentious biological studies and court cases, the second Jerry Brown administration is poised to announce its plan for a tunnel that would serve the same purpose. It's framed as a way to restore the delta ecosystem and provide a reliable water supply for farms and cities to the south. But the controversy has not abated. Vic Bedoian has the second of two reports on the Bay Delta.