Monday, June 17, 2013

Delta Advocates Sue to Halt State Plan

A statewide coalition of environmental groups announced today they will file a lawsuit against the Delta Stewardship Council over the recently-adopted Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The Delta Stewardship Council is the state agency with charged with oversight of the plan. The legal action asserts the Delta Plan, as adopted, violates several state laws and should be set aside. Governor Jerry Brown’s administration is seeking to fast-track federal approval of the plan to build twin tunnels, thirty-five miles long, under the Delta to export water to central and southern California. The groups contend the plan would have a devastating impact on the ecology and economy of northern California. The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.