The Port of Stockton is one of the first local organizations to formally comment on the governor’s twin tunnels plan, according to an ongoing tally of comments kept by environmental group Friends of the River.
Read the Port’s comments here.
In essence, the Port says the Bay Delta Conservation Plan does not take into account its plans to deepen the Deep Water Ship Channel by 3 feet to 5 feet to improve navigation. That project. known as the San Francisco Bay to Stockton Navigation Improvement Study, also involves placing dredge spoils at the Montezuma wetlands, and restoring marsh habitat at certain locations in Suisun Bay and the Delta.
The Port’s project and BDCP put together could have cumulative impacts in Delta salinity intrusion and sensitive species, the Port warns in its letter.
The Port also says that some of the sites where it wants to place dredge spoils also fall within the BDCP’s proposed habitat restoration areas, though the Port notes it might be possible to provide the BDCP with some of the fill necessary to raise elevations and restore habitat.