Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Delta Smelt Pushed to the Brink of Survival by State and Federal Water Policy

The Brown Administration’s Twin Tunnels project, facing political opposition and funding problems is exploring a one tunnel solution at half the cost. The cost of twin tunnels is pegged at $17 billion dollars, not counting interest. The proposal comes as the population of the endangered Delta Smelt continues to plummet. Meanwhile the Bureau of Reclamation is promising to increase water deliveries to contractors like the San Joaquin Valley’s Westlands growers and the Southern California’s municipal water district. Vic Bedoian spoke with the head of Restore the Delta and filed this report from Fresno.