2013-2014 Opinion Articles

The following selected opinion articles represent the views of the state administration in support of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.


  • State-local Partnership Critical for Natural Resources

    Interview with John Laird, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency

    Special to California Special District

    The past three water years (2012, 2013, 2014) have been the three driest consecutive years in California history in terms of Sierra snowpack. And this begs the question of whether next year will be the fourth dry year in a row. This is why operational flexibility is critical – so that we can move water when it is available. For example, in 2012, we had to turn off the pumps at Clifton Court Forebay during one of the season’s largest storms to comply with the Federal ...

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  • Bay Delta Conservation Plan: diverting water, balancing needs

    By Mark W. Cowin, Director, California Department of Water Resources

    San Francisco Chronicle

    Not many places on Earth move more water farther than California, and the emotions that Californians connect to our big water projects — indifference, pride, regret, worry — bear on the current debate over how to protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as an ecosystem and water source. But emotion will not lead to the best long-term public policy decisions for California. Read more.

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  • California’s Future Depends on Reliable Water

    By John Laird, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
    Inland Valley News

    A half century ago, Californians embarked on an ambitious plan to channel their plentiful water supplies in the north to a growing population in the San Francisco Bay Area, southern California and farmers in the Central Valley. . . The Bay Delta Conservation Plan proposes new state-of-the-art water facilities that feature three intakes along the Sacramento River and two 30-mile tunnels to pipe water under the Delta...


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  • Another View: Status quo in Delta isn’t working for California

    By Mark Cowin, Director, California Department of Water Resources
    Special to the Sacramento Bee

    The California Department of Water Resources and its federal and state partners on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan have a legal responsibility to protect threatened species and supply water to millions of Californians. It is important to correct serious misrepresentations of facts around those responsibilities. . .


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  • BDCP a Scientifically Sound Solution for Water Shortage

    By Mark Cowin, Director, California Department of Water Resources
    Special to the Tracy Press

    The state of California is taking decisive and comprehensive action to protect and develop water supplies throughout the state, both to manage the impact of the drought and to plan for the long term.

    The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is just one piece in the Brown administration’s overall water portfolio — but it is a vitally important piece. . .

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  • Water Tunnels Good for the Economy and Environment

    By Jerry Meral, Deputy Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
    Special to Fox & Hounds

    Fortunately, in this day of bitter partisan divides, there are some issues which can unite people across the political spectrum. Water reliability and ecological restoration can be two such issues.

    California’s vibrant economy and strong employment growth are both reliant on a dependable water supply. An interruption or reduction in the supply of water to most of the state from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta would cost the economy as much as $10 billion a year, and up to 40,000 jobs.

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  • Viewpoints: The Balancing Act of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

    By David Sunding, Economist and Professor, UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources
    Special to The Sacramento Bee

    The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a voluntary search for common ground in one of the nation’s highest-stakes natural resource disputes.

    As a balancing act, the plan was not designed by economists. Yet it appears on track to becoming a sound investment for dozens of public water agencies and the California public at large.

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  • Fate of the Aquifer and The Delta Are Linked

    By John Laird, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
    Special to the Desert Sun

    After snowmelt cascades out of the mountains in the northern part of California, it enters the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, where part of the water is then redirected to 25 million people and millions of acres of farmland across the state.

     The Coachella Valley lies nearly 500 miles south of the Delta, yet it is this water supply that is relied upon to replenish the region’s natural underground water storage, or aquifer. As mentioned in a recent editorial (“Our Voice: Valley aquifer disaster is under our feet”) that Delta water is “traded” for ...

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  • Putting Proposed Delta Tunnels in Better Perspective

    By Gerald Meral, Deputy Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
    Special to Inside Bay Area

    An opinion piece that ran recently on this page contained misstatements regarding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

    While this article did correctly characterize the Bay Delta Conservation Plan as a Habitat Conservation Plan, it incorrectly identified the plan's goals and requirements.

    The plan is required to meet two coequal goals established by the Legislature in 2009. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan must help to enhance and protect the ecological health of the Delta and also improve the reliability of the water supply for the 25 million ...

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  • Twin Tunnels Won’t Take More Water

    By Gerald H. Meral, Deputy Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
    Special to Manteca Bulletin

    The Manteca City Council has expressed concern that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s “twin tunnel” scenario could endanger the city’s existing water rights (“Manteca leaders: Twin tunnels put water in jeopardy,” June 26). This fear arises in part from a common misperception: that the tunnels are intended to increase the amount of water sent to points south of the Delta.  In reality, the tunnels are aimed at simply restoring a consistent flow of water that answers the needs of the system’s many stakeholders.

    The plan seeks to stabilize water supplies to the average ...

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