Delta plan critiqued

Group speaks out against plans to ship water south

A group called Restore the Delta released a letter June 13 warning U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that the Obama administration’s support of the installation of tunnels to ship water south is a big mistake.

“The $20 to $50 billion, highly controversial project will primarily serve to deliver Sacramento River water, through state and federal pumps, to provide subsidized irrigation water to corporate agricultural operations of the western San Joaquin Valley,” the letter says.

Restore the Delta consists of 38 environmental, fishing, consumer and Native American groups, including Chico’s AquAlliance. They also have criticized Gov. Jerry Brown for his support of the project.