Melinda Terry, manager of the North Delta Water Agency, has never been shy about expressing her opinion in public about the future of the Delta.
This morning, she sounded as frustrated as I’ve ever heard her. Terry told Bay Delta Conservation Plan proponents that the economic analysis released this week does not begin to address the many impacts that constructing and operating the twin tunnels will have on the Delta.
That analysis actually finds a net economic benefit to the Delta, but that’s pretty hard to stomach for Terry, who said the study amounted to “fraud.”
“Stop lying and hiding from the Delta residents what the real impacts are to them,” Terry said. “If it’s such a statewide benefit, that’s politics, but be honest about it. How dare you say there’s Delta benefits? That’s outrageous. I just can’t swallow this…”
“I frankly am going to recommend to my board that we just withdraw from all of this,” she went on to say. “There is no meaning in us writing comments, wasting time coming to these meetings… I am a Delta resident and I am done pretending that you’re going to listen to us. I’m done. Until you start really showing that you can do that, there’s no purpose in my coming… I don’t think it’s a legitimate process, and I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to participate in what I now believe to be fraud…”
“I’m just going to spend my time writing op-eds to expose what the truth is,” she concluded. “You apparently can’t tell the truth.”
BDCP facilitator Jerry Meral suggested Terry provide comments on the analysis. “That’s the only way we’re going to make it better,” he said.
But the suggestion didn’t seem likely to satisfy Terry, since one of her primary complaints is that her previous comments have been ignored.