‘What is Plan B?’

San Joaquin County supervisors want to know what the state will do should the governor’s twin tunnels plan not pan out.

The supes posed the question in a recent meeting with California Resources Secretary John Laird.

“We… need to have further discussions about what we can do to address not only the Delta’s needs but the state-wide water needs should (the plan) not come to pass,” the supervisors wrote in a follow-up letter to Laird.

“… What is Plan B?” they asked. “For example, the county expressed the need to strengthen the existing Delta levees which serve as the statewide water conveyance system today. You (Laird) did not concur that strengthening Delta levees was a workable solution and a valid alternative. We clearly need to have more discussions regarding your position on this as it conflicts with the studies and proposals we have discussed with coalitions in which we have participated over recent years.”

The supervisors also bring up other recurring concerns over Bay Delta Conservation Plan financing and governance, and assert once again that there is not enough water in the Delta and that existing laws to protect the Delta must be honored.

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