What Sacramento County Supervisor Hume says about Delta Tunnel, approved EIR

Sacramento County Supervisor Pat Hume (left) and other elected officials met with Rep. Doris Matsui (D - Calif.) to discuss the proposed Delta Tunnels project. | 

From Sacramento County Supervisor Pat Hume's newsletter | 

The State of California continues to work on a proposed Delta conveyance project. I am continuing to advocate against the tunnel and stand in solidarity with the Delta communities to protect the health of the Delta - for the sake of our fisheries, flyway and farmers.

As the recently appointed Chair of the Delta Counties Coalition, where Sacramento County joins Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Solano and Yolo counties, I enjoy working with my elected colleagues in the best interest of the Delta, including opposing projects that would alter and damage its landscape and waterways.

Just before Christmas, I enjoyed a visit from Cub Scout Troop 28 from Mather in our Board Chambers. Their questions were plentiful, but one young Scout poignantly asked me if I’d worked with another county to try to solve a problem and make things better. I did my best to explain California water rights, which frankly remain baffling to many of us, to these young Scouts.

Early in December, my colleagues from San Joaquin and Contra Costa and I trekked to Washington, DC to meet with our Federal delegation and Federal agencies including the Army Corps of Engineers, US Environmental Protection Agency and Bureau of Reclamation to raise concerns of the environmental impacts of not just building the tunnel in the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta to move water to Southern California, but also the significant environmental impacts of operating this proposed infrastructure that doesn’t create any additional water, no new storage opportunity, nor system capacity.

Much ballyhoo has been spent advocating for the protection of the natural gem and premium agricultural value of this National Heritage Area during the current Governor’s administration’s pursuit of the proposed Delta Tunnel. Despite this, the State Department of Water Resources (DWR) has issued their final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and signaled approval of the project. Now the legal wrangling begins. In 2024, I remain committed to exploring alternative water projects with our water district providers in Southern California to address our shared water needs in a way that will not bring such devastation to the natural environment.

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D.J. Blutarsky said...

Against the tunnel huh? Could it be that the Sacramento regional development puppeteers want to be sure that they have sufficient water for themselves and their dirt to cash empire?

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