A turkey in full retreat

State officials have sent the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan back to the drawing board.

The latest delay could be interpreted as a triumph of public input. The BDCP was all about limiting and managing certain public input — such as the Delta region’s — and drafting a dubious state water plan in a bubble of special interest perspectives. It’s a fair bet public comment showed state officials where the plan would be vulnerable to court challenge.

In other words, they’re not re-doing the plan out of standard democratic government regard for the stakeholder array. They’re re-doing it because public comment made it painfully clear that their turkey will not make it past Thanksgiving.

And why not? Take it away, Restore the Delta: “The EIR/EIS is fatally flawed due to its failure to include a viable funding plan, exclusion of any true no-tunnels alternatives, failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act as evidenced by numerous scientists’ red flags, misrepresenting taking water to be a “conservation” plan, secret BDCP planning with the exporters and their consultants, and lack of public outreach to non-English speakers.”

Other than that, it’s perfect. Really.

 

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