Gov. Jerry Brown’s cheerleading squad was in high-spirits recently with the latest news that his twin tunnels project in the Delta inched a step closer to reality.
The state Department of Water Resources gave its approval to the tunnels by certifying the environmental reviews for the project. Really, what did you expect? The DWR answers to Brown and Brown wants to build those four-story tunnels to funnel north state water from the Sacramento River, under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, to farmers and cities in the south.
The governor is not swayed by the $17 billion price tag or public opinion. In fact, he’s doing all he can to avoid a public vote on the topic, working all the back doors.
He has many enablers helping him. Minutes after the decision by Brown’s DWR, which obviously knows how to keep the boss happy, there were a slew of press releases from groups like the DWR’s public affairs office, the State Water Contractors (who will benefit from the project) and a government creation grandly named “Californians for Water Security.”
This barrage of opinion is all part of the spin game, an attempt to convince Californians that draining the Sacramento River and the Delta is somehow healthy for the ecosystem.
Brown’s cheerleaders refuse to mention tunnels, instead calling it the “California WaterFix” and begin with the premise that the government is doing us all a favor by fixing some problem.
In reality, government is poised to make a problem worse.
As we’ve said before, those tunnels would have the potential to drain Lake Oroville in seven months, and could take more water out of the Sacramento River than is actually flowing downstream much of…
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