“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) creates a flawed process for moving forward to address our water challenges. It is not based on science and puts the interests of South-of-Delta water contractors before our farmers, fishermen and local communities. We cannot allow this deal to move forward. Many of our families and small businesses that depend on the Delta would have their livelihood stripped away and the Delta’s diverse wildlife would be destroyed. We need a plan that is transparent and based on sound science so that our Delta communities, businesses, fish, wildlife and environment are not harmed. I will keep fighting for a fair BDCP that protects our communities.”
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is one of our region’s most precious resources. The Delta, spanning Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and Yolo counties in Northern California at the confluence of these two rivers, and the nearby San Francisco Bay together form a natural treasure that is vital to our region. The Bay-Delta provides critical habitat to a multitude of fish and wildlife, and many of our Delta communities have businesses that depend on a healthy Delta to thrive.
The state of California and the federal government have teamed up with water users from south of the Delta to implement a Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The BDCP aims to ensure reliable water supplies to communities and farmers in Central and Southern California by taking water from Northern California. I am deeply concerned that the needs of our Delta communities will be cast aside in order to get as much water as possible to south-of-Delta water users. This is not acceptable. It is neither necessary nor wise to create a large new water facility to pull water from our precious Delta ecosystem. We need inclusive, transparent, science-based solutions to solve our water challenges. As we move forward, I will work to make sure those are the solutions we see.