Friday, June 24, 2016

Court Rules Bay Delta Plan Invalid

In a major ruling, the Sacramento Superior Court has ruled that the Bay Delta Plan invalid because it does not comply with important requirements of the 2009 Delta Reform Act. The decision is a setback for Governor Jerry Brown’s Twin Tunnels plan to divert fresh water around the Delta for Valley farms and Southern California’s urban consumption. The Delta Plan was upheld by the Superior Court on May 19th. But the court also concluded the plan fell short by not requiring measurable protection for the Delta’s ecosystem. After several Delta advocate groups asked for a clarification, Judge Michael Kenney said the Delta Plan must be set aside until proper revisions are completed. Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.