Speak up against Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels at open houses, public hearing!

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Do you want to show your opposition to Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels plan? Well, you will have your chance at two public “open houses” being held today and tomorrow in Stockton and Sacramento, respectively.

Today, Nov. 1, 2017, the Delta Stewardship Council (Council), pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), released the Delta Plan Amendments Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for a 47-day public review and comment period.

The Delta Stewardship Council is holding two open houses to “facilitate” the public review of the Draft Program EIR for the Delta Plan Amendments, according to the council:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
2101 E. Earhart Ave., #100
Stockton, CA 95206

Presentation times: 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Presentation times: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The open houses will focus on the approach for analysis under CEQA for the proposed Delta Plan Amendments.

“Participants are welcome to join the open house at any time. Council staff will be providing brief presentations at set times, listed above,” the Council said.

In addition, the Council will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the Draft Program EIR on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in West Sacramento, CA. These events are part of a 45-day public comment period for the Draft Program EIR for the Delta Plan Amendments.

Restore the Delta (RTD) urged people to attend these events to show their opposition to the pro-Delta Tunnels amendments.

Remember the Delta Stewardship Council’s pro-Tunnels Delta Plan amendments?” RTD stated in an action alert. “For years, Restore the Delta, environmental groups, and Delta residents have requested the Delta Stewardship Council to follow Delta Reform Act mandates to reduce reliance on the Delta, invest in existing levees, protect fish, and stop the damage from operation of the state and federal water pumps near Tracy. Instead, the DSC chose to promote ”dual conveyance” systems in order to aid the Brown Administration and special interest water districts attempting to fast-track the Delta Tunnels (also known as “California WaterFix”) proposal.

“It is critical that we participate in all public processes on the Delta Tunnels. We must have a public record showing widespread opposition to this project.  Please join us at the next two open house public meetings to get your concerns on the record,” the group concluded.