[env-trinity] Trinity Journal:SAFE presents show on peripheral tunnel plan

Tom Stokely tstokely at att.net
Fri Mar 29 08:15:27 PDT 2013

SAFE presents show on peripheral tunnel plan
Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:15 am
“Over Troubled Waters,” a documentary about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, will premiere at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Weaverville Fire Hall, Bremer Street. Admission is free.
Tom Stokely of Mt. Shasta, a former Trinity County natural resources planner now with the California Water Impact Network, will give a slide show with a question and answer period to discuss the implications of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Peripheral Tunnels project on Northern California counties and all of California.
The documentary, “Over Troubled Waters,” by Restore the Delta and the C-WIN slideshow is part of a statewide public education effort to stop the building of Peripheral Tunnels. Larry Glass, president of Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment, emphasizes that Trinity County is a major and uncompensated source of much of this water and so Trinity should have significant say about how much water should be taken and how that water should be used. These considerations must be important parts of this effort and the overall education of the California public.
On July 25 Gov. Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a plan to drill two 30- to 40-foot diameter tunnels 150 feet under California’s Delta to siphon Northern California water to thirsty San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and Southern California cities, according to Stokely. Previous plans to build a Peripheral Canal were defeated by California voters in 1982 during Brown’s first tenure as governor of California.
In this visually rich documentary, Ed Begley Jr. narrates the story of how the people of the Delta are fighting to protect the region they love and to encourage saner, sustainable water policies for all the people of California.
“The project will harm Trinity County and Trinity River interests by drawing down Trinity Lake even more,” Stokely of C-WIN said. “Water export amounts and fishery protection flows are being put off until after the project is constructed, a ‘plumbing before policy’ decision to misinform the public about the true costs. Cost estimates are significantly underestimated. While Peripheral Tunnel proponents claim that the beneficiaries of the project will pay for it, they are planning on substantial subsidies from state and federal taxpayers amounting to billions more borrowed dollars. There are much more cost-effective and locally based ways of providing water supply reliability including recycling, conservation, stormwater capture and desalination.”
The California Water Impact Network (www.c-win.org) promotes the equitable and environmental use of California's water, including instream uses, through research, planning, public education and litigation.
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