Why did the water exporters sue?

The question came up at yesterday’s local Advisory Water Commission meeting: Why did water exporters sue over the Delta Plan?

Delta-area folks think they’re clearly getting the short shrift; what can the folks down south have to complain about?

Here’s one theory given on a media conference call earlier this week by Bob Wright, an attorney with the environmental group Friends of the River:

“It is my opinion that the reason the water contractors have sued is to create that false impression that all sides are dissatisfied,” Wright said. “I think it’s a brilliant strategy on their part. It’s extremely clever. It’s also totally false. They are getting everything they want from the state — they’re getting it gold-plated with the tunnels.”

In court papers, Westlands Water District and State Water Contractors express concern — among other things — that the provision in the Delta Plan for the state to reduce its reliance on the Delta will undermine the $24.5 billion tunnels project. They don’t want to shell out billions for the tunnels, only to see restrictions on Delta exports that will make their investment moot.

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