From TheReporter.com. A panel of experts will discuss unanswered questions about the tunnel proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown to move water to Southern California.
The Senate Select Committee on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, chaired by State Senator Lois Wolk, D-Solano, will host the discussion 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, in State Capitol, Room 112. The hearing also will be streamed live on the Senator’s website at http://sd03.senate.ca.gov/home.
In an attempt to determine whether the proposal is good for California, the hearing also will address unanswered questions on proposal’s cost, alternatives and more.
Topics for discussion include:
• Are the Tunnels a good investment?
• Will the Tunnels meet the co-equal goals of providing a ‘more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem’ in a manner that ‘protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place’?
• Are there alternatives for improved water supply reliability?
• What is the Legislature’s role?
Participants in the discussion:
• Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, University of the Pacific.
• Craig Wilson, former Delta water master for the State Water Resources Control Board.
• Don Nottoli, Sacramento County Supervisor 5th District.
• Christina Swanson, director of the Science Center for the Natural Resources Defense Council.