For those interested, Governor Brown's proposal to build a couple massive tunnels to divert water from Sacramento River will be discussed today in the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee at 1pm. You can catch it live at
The SacBee has a decent overview of the matter
Brown's stated purpose is
to simultaneously improve wildlife habitat and stabilize water supplies from the estuary, a source of water for 25 million people and 3 million acres of farmland from San Jose to San Diego. Population growth, imperiled fish species and climate change have made that water supply increasingly vulnerable, and the project aims for a comprehensive fix.The project is controversial and comes with a large price tag both economically and environmentally.
The tunnels are not the only controversial plan being put forth in California. Nearly a half a dozen Water Bond measures are being proposed. Here are links to some of these proposals.
Democratic Senator Wolk is proposing a 6.4 billion measure. The 6.4 billion figure is a downward adjustment from the original plan of 11 billion plus.
Republican Assembly Member has a 5.8 billion dollar water storage only plan that, as expected, does nothing for ecosystem conservation.
Democrat Assembly Member Anthony Rendon also has a water bond measure which he recently scaled back to a price tag of 6.5 billion dollars.
Couple other republican senators, Anthony Cannella and Andy Vidak, have also proposed water bond measures.
Anyway, interesting debates here in California. I myself am just learning all the ins and outs of the issues. I will post more updates as measures are introduced and debated.