Target: Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Prevent environmental damage from poorly planned water relocation plan
Governor Jerry Brown has motioned to put the Bay Delta Conservation Plan into action. While positive in intent, this plan has not been thoroughly researched and many scientists agree that this plan could result in consequences that could not be easily repaired. It is important for Jerry Brown to recall this plan and reconsider some of the initial planning.
The New York Times describes the Bay Delta Conservation Plan as ” the physical and psychological re-engineering of California’s plumbing, including the construction of twin 35-mile-long pipelines… that would tap river water from a more northerly, less polluted location. The pipelines would deliver the water straight to the conveyances in the south, largely replacing a system that pumps water from the murkier southern part of the 500,000-acre delta, disturbing the fragile ecosystem.”
This plan sounds as if it will mean well, but the plan lacks important detail and will result in many negative externalities. There has been insufficient research on the consequences of this water movement. Many scientists are concerned about the impact this irrigation could have one several different fish populations. California’s water systems are in dire need of reform, but Jerry Brown must recall this plan and make sure to rewrite it for a more sustainable solution.
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
Recently you have adopted the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. While I appreciate your dedication to finding a way to fix the failing water system in California, I do not think that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is the way to do this. This plan has not been thoroughly researched and the potential for negative consequences is too great to risk it. I urge you to recall this plan and continue your work to create a sustainable and positive solution for fixing the water ecosystem in California.
Scientists are concerned about how the water migration will affect several fish populations. Without the fish in the rivers, California’s aquatic ecosystems will not be able to renew themselves to their natural levels. It is essential for all parts of this system to work together, and without proper research, it’s impossible to know whether the Bay Delta Conservation Plan will be the right fix for the problems. I encourage you to retract the plan, and consider completing the research to formulate a plan that will create a lasting solution for California.
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