[env-trinity] 'Clean' version of the Delta Plan isn't fooling anybody
danielbacher at fishsniffer.com
Thu Aug 29 09:30:45 PDT 2013
"Relying on these politicians and water contractors to drum up
support for the Delta Plan is like Richard Nixon’s cabinet members
advising him to not worry about the Watergate hulabaloo – it will be
all right," said Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California
Sportfishing Protection Alliance.
Photo of the Delta Plan documents courtesy of the Delta Stewardship
'Clean' version of the Delta Plan isn't fooling anybody
by Dan Bacher
The Delta Stewardship Council Wednesday released what it described as
a "clean" version of the Final Delta Plan, a controversial document
now being contested in seven lawsuits by diverse parties ranging from
the Winnemem Wintu Tribe to the Westlands Water District.
"A clean version of the Final Delta Plan, including an Executive
Summary, easy to read text, informative graphics, and decorative
photographs, is available for review and downloading by clicking
http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/delta-plan-0," the Council proclaimed.
So does that mean that the previous version of the plan was "dirty,"
as in obscene, corrupt, poorly written, ill-conceived and driven by
dirty corporate money?
Apparently, the "clean" the Council is referring to is the "cleaning
up" of the documents that previously featured a lot of crossed out
and added on language.
Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing
Protection Alliance and a board member of both the California Water
Impact Network (C-WIN) and Restore the Delta, wasn't impressed by the
"The Council can put all of the lipstick they can on the pig, but it
is still a pig, a plan that perpetuates the status quo," Jennings
quipped. "The plan will not reach either of the coequal goals of
restoring the Delta or providing water supply reliability."
The same Delta Stewardship Council website lists a number of
“stakeholders” gushing about the “wonderful” Delta Plan.
However a quick review of the web page proclaiming “What they’re
saying about the Delta Plan” displays comments only from pro-
peripheral tunnel politicians, water contractors and NGOs.
Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, Senate President Pro Tem
Darrell Steinbeg, Ellen Hanak, Sr. Fellow at the Public Policy
Institute of California, Tim Quinn, the Executive Director of the
Association of California Water Agency, Dave Zelzulak of the
California Department of Fish and Wildlife and others opine about
the “glories” of the terminally flawed Delta Plan. (http://
Steinberg, who was responsible for pushing through the Legislature
the water policy/water bond creating a clear path to the construction
of the peripheral tunnels, claims, “The Delta Plan moves the state
into the 21st Century of sustainable water management.”
Actually, the Delta Plan relies on outdated 19th Century
“solutions” led by the peripheral tunnel plan to export northern
California water to corporate agribusiness and oil companies looking
to expand fracking in California.
Jennings added, “Relying on these politicians and water contractors
to drum up support for the Delta Plan is like Richard Nixon’s
cabinet members advising him to not worry about the Watergate
hulabaloo – it will be all right.”
“It is also akin to King George’s advisers telling him not to
worry about that little revolt in the colonies,” Jennings noted.
The seven separate lawsuits challenging the Delta Plan include one by
Westlands Water District; another one by the California Water Impact
Network (C-WIN), California Sportfishing Protection Alliance,
AquAlliance, Restore the Delta, Friends of the River and Center for
Biological Diversity; and yet another one by the North Coast Rivers
Alliance, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, San
Francisco Crab Boat Owners Associations and Winnemem Wintu (McCloud
River) Tribe. (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/06/27/1219548/-
The City of Stockton; Save the Delta Alliance; Central Delta Water
Agency, South Delta Water Agency, Local Agencies of the North Delta
and Lafayette Ranch Inc.; and the State Water Contactors are also
suing the Council over the plan.
“The Delta Plan violates CEQA in ten different ways,” explained
Mike Jackson, attorney for C-WIN, Restore the Delta, California
Sportfishing Protection Alliance, and AquAlliance. “It fails to
achieve the co-equal goals of Delta ecosystem restoration and water
supply reliability established by the Act.”
Jackson said the plan ignored three critical documents they were
obligated to use: a State Water Resources Control Board water flow
recommendation; a Department of Fish and Wildlife report on
biological objectives for Delta fish and wildlife species; and the
Delta Protection Commission’s economic sustainability report. “In
all three cases, the documents were inconvenient to the approval of
the tunnels,” he noted.
Yet in spite of the seven lawsuits and widespread opposition to the
poorly conceived and written Delta Plan, Phil Isenberg, Chair of the
Delta Stewardship Council, and other members of the Council continue
to forge ahed with the plan’s implementation.
Isenberg is no stranger to overseeing badly flawed “environmental”
processes that violate numerous state and federal laws.
He chaired Arnold Schwarzenegger’s corrupt Marine Life Protection
Act (MLPA) Blue Ribbon Task Force for the Central Coast. This
privately funded process created so-called "marine protected areas"
that fail to protect the ocean from fracking, oil spills and offshore
drilling, pollution, wind and wave energy projects, military testing
and all human impacts other than fishing and gathering.
His colleague on that task force, Catherine Reheis-Boyd, ended up
chairing the Initiative’s task force for Southern California. Reheis-
Boyd is a curious type of “marine guardian,” since she serves as
President of the Western States Petroleum Association and is leading
the effort to expand fracking in California, build the Keystone XL
Pipeline and to eviscerate environmental laws.
Isenberg also chaired Schwarzenegger’s equally flawed Delta Vision
process that recommended the construction of a peripheral canal or
Nobody sums up the threat that the peripheral canal or tunnels
present to the state better than Caleen Sisk, Chief of the Winnemem
“The common people will pay for the canal, and a few people will
make millions,” said Sisk. “It will turn a once pristine water way
into a sewer pipe. It will be all bad for the fish, the ocean and the
people of California.” (http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/
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