Supports Restore the Delta regarding the Peripheral Canal/Tunnels:
(Freely adapted from the position statement by Restore the Delta)
There is valid concern that local water quality would deteriorate, endangering the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta’s ecosystem, the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast of both North and South America. The local Delta water supply could become more saline and threaten Delta agriculture, the region’s economy, culture, history, and way of life. Drinking water quality for surrounding Delta communities could suffer, and public health could be impacted negatively.
Freshwater is essential for the health and vitality of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta community, economy, and ecosystem. Actions and long-term solutions must be founded on protecting the Delta as a public trust resource.
Exports of water from the Delta must be reduced to a level compatible with protecting Delta values. Proposals for long-term Delta management must be based on a firm understanding of Delta freshwater needs and include strong protection for sufficient flows of water necessary for healthy Delta communities, including Delta agriculture. Assurances must be made for such protections, with appropriate and sustainable water export reductions before any proposals for alternative export conveyance or diversion methods are considered. A comprehensive flood plan and an emergency readiness plan must be prepared to protect the people, property, and infrastructure and provide for a healthy Delta ecosystem. A comprehensive plan to improve essential levees must be prepared and fully funded in consultation with local Delta experts.
To restore the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while maintaining a reliable water supply for our neighbors throughout California, state and regional water agencies must aggressively implement regional water self-sufficiency measures, such as water conservation, reclamation, and water recycling.
Designs must minimize the regional impacts of climate change: increased flood risks, sea level rise, and peak river inflows that are likely to result. These plans must allow for incremental responses to ecosystem changes resulting from climate change.
Land use decisions, including potential island reconfiguration must be guided by local Delta expertise. Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta landowners and residents must have an active role in development and implementation of all plans affecting their community. Any new governance boards for the Delta must be comprised of a fair and equitable number of residents from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
To help preserve the unique cultural and environmental resources of the California Delta, the state should establish a California Delta Conservancy, as well as assist with obtaining a federal and/or state level protected status for the Delta region. Such programs should be developed in consultation with local Delta landowners and stakeholders, and should help to protect Delta agricultural interests.