KQED is offering a nice listen to the multi-decade long debate over the Delta. To better understand the debate, I’d encourage you to invest an hour to listen to the discussion.
California’s already turbulent water wars were stirred up this week when Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar unveiled a $24 billion tunnel plan to bring water from Northern to Southern California. They say the proposal will help protect the fragile ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while ensuring reliable water deliveries. But a coalition of environmentalists, fishing groups and local governments vow to fight the plan.
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta comes on at about the 7:30 minute mark of the show. She gave a wonderful explanation on the Restore the Delta position.
Here is the link to the audio of the show
Host: Dave Iverson
- Paul Rogers, environment reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and managing editor of Quest, KQED’s science and environment series
- Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta
- Jason Peltier, chief deputy general manager of the Westlands Water District, and a member of the California Farm Water Coalition which serves approximately 600 family-owned farms
- Karla Nemeth, project director of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, California Natural Resources Agency