Delta Tunnels: Central Valley Basin Water Agency to vote TODAY

  • Published on August 28th, 2017

The Central Basin Water Agency will vote today on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed multi-billion-dollar Delta Tunnels project, considered by public trust advocates to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history

By Dan Bacher 

UPDATE: No vote today after all.

“Ratepayer and community advocates will be available for comment and testify against the project which could raise average household water bills between $7 and $16 per month for over 40 years, and up to $200 a month when the delta tunnels waterfix environmental justiceproject costs reach their peak, according to an independent study,” reported Brenna Norton of Food & Water Watch. “ Advocates will be available for comment at a water facts” table before the hearing.”

“Advocates question why the Central Basin Board would raise rates for a project that their customers don’t need, as many cities throughout Los Angeles County are planning to import less water from the Delta, not more. Meanwhile, cities such as Paramount, Maywood, and Watts face major water quality problems, while many residents struggle to pay their water bills,” she said.

 

There will be a press availability at 9:30 am, with the hearing and vote scheduled for 10 am.  The Central Basin Water Agency is located at 6252 Telegraph Rd, Commerce, CA 90040.

Community members will hold signs and chant before going into meeting to testify. Spanish speakers are available for interview.

For more information, contact: Brenna Norton, 323-843-8446, bnorton@fwwatch.org

The Compton Herald is urging the Board of Directors Division IV Central Basin Municipal Water District to vote “No” on the Delta Tunnels project. In an editorial, the publication said the project “could raise average household bills by as much as $200 to $400 per year.”

The editorial stated:

“The cities of Lynwood, South Gate, Florence-Graham, Willowbrook, Compton, and Carson are comprised of hardworking residents who cannot afford an increase in their taxes amounting to hundreds of dollars.

We hope that Leticia Vasquez, our director, who was re-elected in November 2016, and the other directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) will turn thumbs down to the Delta Tunnels project in concert with the wishes of their constituents.”

Read the editorial here: comptonherald.org/…

 

About the Author

Dan Bacher is an environmental journalist in Sacramento who focuses on California's water issues, a healthy environment for the salmon fishery of the Northwest, and the attempts by big agriculture and big oil to hog all the water.