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John Laird: Smaller Proposal Doesn't Fill Big Need

Tuesday, 05 February 2013

U-T San Diego 

California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird

When a natural disaster occurs – whether it’s the tsunami in Japan or recent hurricanes in our country – the public expects officials to have planned to protect essential services such as water and power.

When I was a Santa Cruz city councilman, we had to rebuild our downtown after the 1989 earthquake. I know that such a disaster is not a hypothetical situation – it’s a matter of when, not if, it will happen.

California’s water system is vulnerable to a major disaster. 

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Timothy Quinn: California water system upgrade overdue

Wednesday, 09 January 2013

San Francisco Chronicle

Timothy Quinn

If you are a typical Californian, chances are you have a smartphone in your pocket and a fuel-efficient car in your driveway. You probably do your banking online, stream movies in your home and enjoy a bewildering selection of produce year-round at the supermarket.

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Mark Cowin: Levees alone won't secure California's water

Wednesday, 07 November 2012

Mercury News

Mark Cowin

Some people discount the risk of earthquakes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

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In Search of Reliable Water Future

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Pasadena Star News

Jeffrey Kightlinger

Brown and Obama administrations have worked with the best engineers, scientists, and researchers in hopes of breaking through the gridlock of the Delta. This public process known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan may be the light at the end of the tunnel. 

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Viewpoints: Delta Water Plan Shows Progress in State's Policy

Sunday, 05 August 2012

Sacramento Bee

Darrell Steinberg

A joint federal/state announcement represented significant progress in the state's water policy, and in the future of the Delta, established two goals for the future of California water. 

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Science Drives Delta Water Plan

Wednesday, 01 August 2012

San Francisco Chronicle

John Laird

A science-driven process guided the proposal on the state's water supply unveiled by Gov. Jerry Brown and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar last week. This process is a significant improvement over past efforts to deal with california water, marking a turning point in managing this precious resource. 

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Action on California's Water Supply is Long Overdue

Wednesday, 01 August 2012

Capitol Weekly

Daniel Curtin and Tim Cremins

As California is getting hotter and drier, our water system needs a facelift to protect our families, crops and economy. 

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Delta Plan Lays Out Stable Water Future

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

San Francisco Chronicle

Carl Guardino and Gary Toebben

When it comes to water, Southern California and Silicon Valley have much in common. Both rely to a similar extent on water that moves through the Sacramento-San Joaguin River Delta. Both are advancing conservation and recycling to meet future needs. Both are working to manage their water needs in harmony with the environment. 

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Jerry Brown's Delta Water Supply Tunnel is Needed

Thursday, 26 July 2012

San Jose Mercury News

Beau Goldie, Jill Deurig, and Walt Wadlow

With two thirds of the Bay Area's water supply dependent on the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta watershed, the region has a major stake in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). Bay Area residents and all Californians, should rejoice that the BDCP offers a bold step to restore the Delta and secure a reliable water supply for our future.

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California Must Avert An Earthquake Created Drought

Friday, 20 July 2012

Fox & Hound

Gary Toebben

Water, cool, clear water. We know we can't live without it. But we seldon think about the possibility that it may not be available when we need it.

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan is best option

Thursday, 16 February 2012

San Francisco Chronicle
John Laird

For centuries, without a single dam or pipe, water in California's rivers and streams supported about 300,000 people. Now, California's population is 38 million, and will grow by 10 million in the next generation. This constant change confounds California voters and leaders.

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Dancing with disaster in the state delta

Sunday, 05 February 2012

Santa Clarita Signal
Tom Campbell

Suppose your home has old, galvanized steel pipes that are starting to leak. What do you do? You re-pipe the house, of course — planning ahead to avoid a catastrophic failure.

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Delta plan faces water problems in a more comprehensive way

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Sacramento Bee
By U.S. Representative Jim Costa 

California's current water system is broken. It was designed to meet the needs of 20 million people in the 20th century but today in the 21st century, we have 38 million people. In the not-too-distant future, California's population is expected to reach more than 50 million people.

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Delta Conservation Plan is Essential for California

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Los Angeles Daily News
By Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

California's most challenging water problem is approaching a historic solution ... an opportunity for critically important and essential improvements to the state's water system. The key in the coming months is to maintain the fresh momentum that is behind the state and federal planning process.

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Solution for Water Woes Relies on Success of Bay Delta Plan

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Sacramento Bee
Jim Beck, General Manager, Kern County Water Agency

Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order officially ending California's four-year drought. However, there are more than 20 million reasons why this administrative action does not mean we've solved California's water crisis, nor should we abandon the effort to find a long-term solution.

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