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Clarify Tunnel Plan

Aug 25, 2020

Gov. Newsom must clarify his Delta tunnel plan, says Bruce Babbitt

He writes, “Gov. Gavin Newsom recently released his Water Resilience Plan, a platform of 142 proposals gathered from state agencies to manage and improve California’s  water future.  The big ticket items are two infrastructure projects: the Delta conveyance tunnel and Sites Reservoir, alongside the Sacramento River.  Each project is designed to deliver large amounts of water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Southern California. However, neither Newsom nor the project sponsors are prepared to say just how much more water.  … ”  Read more from Cal Matters here:  Gov. Newsom must clarify his Delta tunnel plan, says Bruce Babbitt

 

DELTA FLOWS: What’s missing in the new Delta Tunnel price tag?

Barbara Barrigan-Parilla writes, “At the August 20, 2020 Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority meeting, it was revealed that the proposed Delta tunnel would cost $15.9 billion for construction and that $400 million would be budgeted to mitigate impacts resulting from construction.  Discussion of immediate planning expenses and tunnel costs occurred after comments from Restore the Delta and Local Agencies of the North Delta (LAND) insisting on transparency. We collectively wanted to know about the costs of the project and Delta tunnel planning paid for in advance by the Department of Water Resources and indicated that these items had to be made understandable to the public. … ”  Read more from Restore the Delta here: DELTA FLOWS: What’s missing in the new Delta Tunnel price tag?

New $15.9 bil. Delta tunnel cost estimate: Revisiting DWR’s 2018 single-tunnel economic analysis with d costs shows it is a bad investment for water agencies.

Jeff Michael writes, “As reported in the Sacramento Bee, the cost of a single-tunnel Delta conveyance is now estimated at $15.9 billion.  In a previous 2018 analysis to support a short-lived proposal to stage the twin-tunnel WaterFix proposal, DWR estimated the single-tunnel 1st stage of WaterFix at $11.1 billion in 2017 dollars, which is equivalent to $11.7 billion in 2020 dollars.  This is a 35% increase in constant dollars, and should lead the Governor and the dwindling number of water agencies that still support the single-tunnel delta conveyance facility (DCF) to reevaluate the investment. … ”  Read more from the Valley Economy blog here: New $15.9 bil. Delta tunnel cost estimate: Revisiting DWR’s 2018 single-tunnel economic analysis with d costs shows it is a bad investment for water agencies.

 

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