Huge Red Flag
Jan 16, 2020
Kristi Diener I have three, no four, thoughts: 1. Nobody can say for sure how much more water the tunnel will enable them to deliver. Huge red flag! 2. No "new" water is being captured and stored, rather, existing water would be conveyed in a new manner. 3. Water still has to be pumped, and we know all about how that bottleneck works. Today alone pumping is dialed back by 60\% of capacity for environmental compliance. 4. It is estimated to cost $11 billion for one tunnel, but this is for construction only. When Brown proposed two tunnels, he too only spoke of the $17 billion construction cost, and omitted financing, operation and environmental mitigation which brought the actual cost to more than $50 billion. We can pick up the whole pumping station and move it north for far less than that! Compare the tunnel to this: For $2.6B we can build Temperance Flat and store an amount of new water equal to a year's supply for 13,000,000 people. For $5.2B we can build Sites to store an amount of new water equal to a year's supply for 18,000,000 people. For $1B, of which the federal government has offered to pay half, we can raise Shasta Dam and store an amount of new water equal to a year's supply for 6,600,000 people. That totals $8.3B and an amount of water equal to a year's supply for 37.6 million people.