It was reported this morning that five Congressional Democrats, including Jerry McNerney and George Miller, have demanded the resignation of Governor Brown appointee Jerry Meral, deputy director of the state Natural Resources Agency.Meral allegedly told officials that Brown’s water plan was never about saving the delta and that in fact the delta could not be saved.
This afternoon, State Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) issued a statement today saying “I am appalled by the reported statement from the Deputy Director. This confirms what many of us in the Delta region have long suspected: that BDCP is not about Delta restoration, it’s about Southern California water interests.”
According to Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, of Restore the Delta, she stated she witnessed the comments made by Jerry Meral to Tom Stokely with the California Water Impact Network. She witnessed and recorded the statement in writing for posterity.
Here is a Press Release hot off the Presses from Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley).
FRAZIER DEFENDS DELTA AFTER DEPUTY DIRECTOR MERAL’S BAY DELTA CONSERVATION PLAN COMMENTS
Oakley, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) released the following statement today in response to reported comments from California Natural Resources Deputy Director Jerry Meral that “BDCP is not about, and has never been about saving the Delta. The Delta cannot be saved.”
“I am appalled by the reported statement from the Deputy Director. This confirms what many of us in the Delta region have long suspected: that BDCP is not about Delta restoration, it’s about Southern California water interests.
For those of us that live, work, and play on the Delta, there is no doubt that “conveyance” means the decimation of the Delta as a critical resource, and a devastating impact on the communities that depend on it, including the habitat that the Delta sustains.”