Assemblymember Jim Frazier, representative of the Assembly’s Delta District, submitted this letter to the editor. It responds to the release of the current California “Water Fix” environmental documents.
Since April, when I first spoke out against Governor Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), the Administration has continued to push forward this flawed, fiscally irresponsible proposal, now rebranded as California WaterFix and California EcoRestore. Under any name, this plan further threatens the Delta’s fragile ecosystem and does not deliver one ounce of new water.
This effort does not in any way “fix” the water concerns of the farmers, families and small-business owners in the Delta region. In fact, it threatens to harm their ways of life while undermining efforts to restore the sustainability of the Delta itself. I call on the Governor to stop trying to push the same old plan he proposed more than three decades ago − which voters rejected − and instead focus on California’s more urgent need to improve, modernize and stabilize our State’s water supply.
Two weeks ago, the Department of Water Resources unveiled the “Water Fix” plans’ environmental documents, attempting to fast-track it with a meager 45-day comment period, an insufficient time to examine a plan that aims to alter the Delta forever.
Rest assured, my letter calling for a 180-day comment period hit the Governor’s desk soon after. Through our efforts, I am pleased to announce that the comment period has been extended to October 30, 2015. The public will have time to properly review and voice their concerns about this revamped version of BDCP, which now has been thoroughly gutted of habitat restoration components.
I’ve made it clear to Governor Brown that I stand with the people of the Delta and will not waiver in my opposition to any effort focused on building the twin tunnels and threatening to harm the health of the Delta. When he’s ready to start the real work of using 21st century solutions to manage California’s water system, to produce and conserve more water and to create comprehensive drought and flood-prevention solutions, I am eager to help.
Please join me and voice your opinion about the BDCP/ California Water Fix proposal. Comments must be received electronically at [email protected] or mailed and postmarked by October 30 to BDCP/WaterFix Comments, P.O. Box 1919, Sacramento, CA 95812.
This is awesome!!! Thank you Jim for speaking out against the governor, we need more people like you in the legislature.
I second that; we need to abandon California WaterFix and California EcoRestore. As Jim states, Governor needs to concentrate on “California’s more urgent need to improve, modernize and stabilize our State’s water supply” which is LONG OVERDUE. I am so frustrated with government everything! This should have been attended to after the 70’s drought but they just keep building and building without any attention to infrastructure anything.
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