The San Jose Mercury News reports that Gov. Jerry Brown, faced with a shortage of money and political support after seven years of work, is now working on a plan to scale back one of his key legacy projects — a $17 billion proposal to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to make it easier to move water from Northern California to the south.
Instead of two tunnels, each 40 feet high and 35 miles long, Brown’s Department of Water Resources has been negotiating with major California water agencies in recent weeks on a revised plan to build just one tunnel at slightly more than half the cost of the original project.
The new plan reflects the reality that Brown has only one year remaining in office and that the original project has failed to win enough financial backing from water agencies around California that Brown was asking to pay for construction.
California has turned into a state full of narrow minded losers. Brown’s vision was a good one…too bad he was the only one in Sacramento who had a clue.
The new approach — a huge shift in the often-intractable world of California’s water politics that has implications on everything from the environment to the water bills of millions of people — could be announced within the next month, said Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the influential Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which serves 19 million people in Los Angeles, San Diego and other areas.
Basically, the water mafia (which includes feckless environmentalists) that controls all aspects of the commodity, will retain it’s power and continue to shake down water users and rate payers. They have never been about good water policy. They only care about money.