​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​DELTA IN CRISIS

 

THE FACTS

  • Current Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem conditions and operations are unsustainable and would be further harmed by the construction of the governor's twin tunnel proposal.
  • The Sacramento Region's water supply and economy face potential threats from proposals for a Delta solution.
  • Pending decisions regarding proposed water operation and ecosystem restoration plans will create irreversible impacts to cities and counties within the Delta region.
  • More investment in flood protection measures to reduce risk and encourage sensible and respectful economic development in the Delta is a better solution.
  • The Sacramento Region is committed to collaboratively interacting with stakeholders at the local, state, and federal level to address California's water issues.

 

WHAT'S AT STAKE

  • Agriculture and direct/indirect impacts to existing legacy communities from long-term construction activities and project operations;
  • Future water project operations and how these operations will impact water supplies;
  • Degradation of roadway/transportation network from construction activities;
  • Loss of agricultural land;
  • Economic and social impacts to the local Delta communities from the long-term displacement of businesses and residents;
  • Airport operations;
  • Drainage pattern changes resulting from project construction.

 

TUNNELS WON'T WORK

  • The BDCP/California WaterFix proposes to irreversibly change, and in many instances, permanently destroy the generations-old socioeconomic fabric and physical landscape of the Delta.
  • Constructing massive twin tunnels won't produce any more water, but make no mistake, it will leave a legacy of negative impacts on the Delta, its economy and its people.
  • The BDCP/California WaterFix doesn't solve California's water management problems nor helps to address the Delta's degrading ecosystem. 
  • The 10-12 year construction period (as estimated for the twin tunnels) will result in major negative impacts to the lives of Delta residents, the local and regional economy, and its irreplaceable natural resources.
  • Folsom Lake is crucial not only with respect to regional water supplies, but the entire State's.  Past modeling conducted for the BDCP/California WaterFix found that if the Plan is implemented, Folsom Reservoir could go to "dead pool" approximately once every 10 years.