Seeking solutions

Update: Comments added below from the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta, a group of south Valley landowners reliant on Delta water exports. Also a response from Restore the Delta.

Stockton-based Restore the Delta — known for its stinging criticism of state water policy — sets a positive tone in this new video, which proposes advancements in water efficiency and conservation as an alternative to big water projects like the twin tunnels.

Here’s what Matt Mahon, a spokesman for the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta, had to say:

“I caught the Restore the Delta video you posted to your blog yesterday. While it includes a number of absolutely outrageous assertions, such as comparing the BDCP to the Three Gorges Dam (7:28) and insinuating that the project will claim the lives of people working on it (7:50), I really had to write you to call to your attention one of their final statistics.

“At 8 minutes 10 seconds in, it claims that:

“‘For every $1 million spent on water efficiency over 10 trillion gallons of water and 220,000 jobs can be created.’

“So, if I’m getting my math right, a $1 million investment would create over 30 million acre-feet of water?!

“It’s a long video, so I  can see not fact checking the whole thing before posting, but before you give them too much credit for ‘seeking solutions,’ it might be best to make sure those ‘solutions’ at least pass the smell test.”

Restore the Delta responds:

“We find it interesting at Restore the Delta, that the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta, Stewart Resnick’s astroturfing group trying to speak for the Delta, is busy tracking our video. Please note when we released the video, we used a figure of $1 million for each 220,000 water efficiency jobs created. That figure comes from the University of Michigan’s Fall, 2013 issue of Michigan Engineer. They quoted this figure twice: pages 13 and 17. The Alliance for Water contacted RTD and told us that the figure is $10 billion for every 220,000 jobs in water efficiency. We corrected the video and added the source data for the correction in a note to the video. The Coalition for A Sustainable Delta is busy running a whispering campaign throughout the state trying to discredit us. Well $10 billion for 10 trillion gallons of water and 220,000 jobs is still a bargain compared to the $67 billion tunnels which won’t make water. If the Coalition is so worried about accuracy, they should question their own science on fisheries — and take the original error up with the University of Michigan.”

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