Quotables

A sampling of statements from tonight’s Delta Plan meeting in Stockton:

San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller: “Nothing should be done in the Delta which does not involve us in an honest, substantive and open process. Nothing should be done in the Delta that harms us to benefit others… We are prepared to work with you if you are prepared to work with us… ”

And, regarding the formation of the five-county Delta Counties Coalition: “We hang together, or hang separately.”

San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel: “We know that the Delta is dynamic and we in agriculture will have to adapt… We cannot, however, be expected to give up our way of life in order that others, outside the Delta, can continue their way of life.”

Delta farmer Mike Robinson: “It appears the co-equal goals (improving the environment and the state’s water supply) are opposing forces. There’s a grab for water in both directions. The question begs itself, where is agriculture in this co-equal goals thing?”

South Delta attorney John Herrick: ”I think a precursor to any evaluation of the Delta is an analysis of the yield of the system. We first have to determine how much water it produces, and then allocate (the water) based on existing laws.”

Delta farmer Tony Silva, Jr.: “Our friends in Southern California want our water… I myself see a trend here. They ruined the Owens Valley. They also ruined the Colorado River… Stop this water grab before the Delta turns into the Owens Valley or the creek known as the Colorado River.”

Central Delta attorney Dante Nomellini, Jr.: “Right now 25 million people are depending on the water quality in the Delta. You give them that diversion point at the top of the Delta (for a peripheral canal) and they no longer have a vested interest. They no longer care about the water quality in the Delta… I believe in the bottom of my heart when they create an isolated facility, the Delta is gone.”

Roberts Island farmer George Crothers, regarding the co-equal goals language that is now part of state law: “It appears it’s going to take several hours to read this pamphlet, and several more hours to read between the lines.”

Boater Roger Kelly, who lives on the Calaveras River in Stockton: “I go out there every evening and watch my neighbor fishing from his kayak, and most of the fish he’s getting are undersized, not healthy… there are sea lions and seals… there’s a lot of areas so weeded in we can’t even enjoy them. Flows are down so low. Please, do not consider conveyance. Don’t destroy the most beautiful freshwater estuary in the world.”

Boater Gene Beley: “Are we just pumping the water down there for the Stewart Resnicks of the world to sell?”

Audio-visual expert John Stringfield, who was operating the sound system at Tuesday night’s meeting but suddenly became an interested party: “I’m from Southern California, and this is the first time I’ve heard about any of this, really. You should probably spread the word a little bit more in Southern California so we know what your needs are… I’m just saying…”

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