Multi-billion dollar Pipe Dream
Governor's "Pipe" dream decimates the Delta Estuary, Enriches a Few
The Anatomy of the Proposed Water Grab
–The Schwarzenegger and Bush Administrations Use Drought Fears to Launch the Westlands-Kern-MWD Plan to hijack water supplies.
They pretend it is AN ECOLOGICAL PLAN to Restore Delta estuary salmon and ecology.
—Ecological plan to restore delta estuary and salmon recovery is changed to include
unsustainable water contract deliveries for Westlands and Kern water contractors.
—In a back-room deal, federal and state water officials obligate taxpayers to subsidize
water for huge corporate agribusiness by signing agreements to divert fresh water flows around the
delta, including unsustainable water contract deliveries. MWD, Kern and Westlands water contractors
to oversee and virtually direct the effort. No public review or comment.
Similar to the subprime mortgage debacle, Westlands’ contractors issue interest-only debt to
finance the secret plan to raid Northern California water and send it south. Taxpayers and ratepayers
will pay off these risky loans when the 45-mile peripheral canal/tunnel is finalized.
—Senator Feinstein, at the request of Stewart Resnick, a billionaire from Southern
California who owns and operates some of nation’s largest farming operation, presses the Obama
administration to get the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to review two federal biological
opinions, stating that the NAS….. “is the only body whose views will be respected by all the relevant
parties as a truly independent voice."
Media reports found that as one of the West Coast's largest estuaries plunged to the brink of collapse
from 2000 to 2007, state water officials pumped unprecedented amounts of water out of the Delta,
then bought some of it back at taxpayer expense at a 150% mark-up, further enriching huge corporate
water contractors such as Resnick while failing to protect the environment and endangered salmon. .
[See Contra Costa Times @ http://www.revivethesanjoaquin.org/content/pumping-water-and-cashdelta]
— 2 am water legislation passes the California Legislature with automatic
incorporation clause § 85320(e) that requires adoption of peripheral canal/tunnel unless a State or
Federal Wildlife officials object. The water export plan is disingenuously promoted to the public as
having “ co-equal goals” to “restore the Delta ecosystem” and “maintain a reliable water supply.”
South of the Delta water-takers assume definition of ‘reliable’ means ‘more water’.
Facing objections from a dozen West Coast lawmakers, Sen. Dianne Feinstein drops
her controversial bid to direct more water to Westside San Joaquin Valley farmers, overriding
protections for the threatened and endangered fisheries of the San Francisco Bay– Delta Estuary.
—Kern, MWD, and Westlands reveal pipe sizing (two pipes, each 33 feet in diameter),
plan to divert most delta estuary fresh water flow through a ‘conveyance.’ Plan includes some tidal
marsh restoration, but without essential fresh water flow needed to restore salmon and delta
—The first of five new intake pumps opens to take water from the Sacramento River around
—State Water Board determines delta estuary and fishery protection needs 75% of the
Sacramento River flow from November through June, and 60% of the flow from the San Joaquin
River from February through June to protect public trust values of the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary.
September 2010 Governor Schwarzeneggar removes water bond from the ballot. He claims no public
vote required to expend the $20 to $50 Billion to build the pipeline that will drain the delta.
May 2011 National Academy of Sciences issues peer reviewed report stating science is lacking in
California Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Critical missing components, include clearly defined goals and
a scientific analysis of the proposed project's potential impacts on delta species. The scientific
information in the plan is fragmented and presented in an unconnected manner, NAS says, making its
meaning difficult to understand.
December 2011 Senator F
einstein’s Budget earmark paves way for easier water sales to Resnick,
Westlands, MWD and Kern water contractors.
March 2012 California water planners release 10,000 pages of scientific documents, framing the plan
to increase water exports to drain the Delta, claiming also to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin
River Delta while draining it.
May 2012 State and federal wildlife agencies issue
‘red flag’ warning that the proposed BDCP project
may, in fact, harm some species it is supposed to restore.
June 2012 California Resources Secretary Laird announces plans to proceed with the Two-Pipe
Tunnel, each 33 feet in diameter to transport most of the fresh water flows around the delta some 45
miles to the south for export to Westlands, Kern and MWD water contractors.
Eberhardt School of Business, University of Pacific, reports that rate payers at the LA area
Metropolitan Water District will pay 75% of the cost of the tunnel/pipe, and yet, only receive 25% of
the water exported from the Delta.