Experts to examine whether Tunnels proposal is good for California

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From  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

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.