2013-2014 Opinion Articles

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

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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 Endangered Species Act. That meant there was 800,000 acre feet of water – enough to supply over 1.6 million households with water for a full year – that was lost. If the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) tunnels had been in place in 2012, we wouldn’t have had that same problem. 

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