Assemblymember Eggman responds to BDCP EIR/EIS release

Monday, December 9, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Following the release on Monday of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman registered her staunch opposition to the plan, which calls for building two massive tunnels under the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta to divert water for export.

“It doesn’t matter how you dress it up. Californians are being asked to spend tens of billions on a project that does nothing to improve regional self-sufficiency, provides no new water to the state’s residents, and isn’t supported by the science. This project promises to do little but wreck the Delta’s ecosystem, economy and way-of-life. We should spend no more money or time on this without considering alternatives.”

The cost of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has been estimated by state officials at $25 billion, but the Legislative Analyst’s Office has reported that figure does not include the cost of bond financing. Some independent analysis estimates the true cost is closer to $70 billion. Just last month it was revealed the BDCP would need another $1.2 billion for planning alone.