“Downplayed or ignored”

That’s how environmental impacts to the Delta are treated in the Delta tunnels plan, today’s story says.

Ignored.

To paraphrase the story, the plan calls for restoring large wetlands for habitat.  But and independent science board “cautions that any positive results are “highly uncertain.”

Well, shucks.

The plan downplays climate change and sea level rise — which is funny, because Brown is telling everyone else to take climate change seriously — and downplays impacts to San Francisco Bay, and future levee failures, too.

Finally, the plan fails to address the probablilty that restoring thousands of acres of wetlands will also restore Stockton’s historic scourge, mosquitoes. With attendant West Nile Virus.

 

“Clearly, this (mosquito issue) is being left to the future,” the review says.

What in the heck does that mean? It means that the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan has swept the issue under the rug — among other issues of critical concern. Again we see how ruthlessly Gov. Brown and the Delta tunnels backers are willing to subordinate the interests of the San Joaquin Delta region to the Delta tunnels plan.

–Cartoon courtesy The Haggin Museum

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