Delta plan lacks specifics

Recently released proposal draft leaves much to be desired

The recently released draft for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan proposal underscores that much is uncertain about the $23 billion project.

The 1,000-page draft does not include guarantees for future water-supply deliveries or estimates for how much water the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta can spare, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Whether restoring roughly 100,000 acres of the delta’s habitat—which would cost $4 billion—will effectively boost fish and wildlife populations is also unclear. However, proponents argue inaction will guarantee the continued deterioration of the delta. The project would involve two 35-mile tunnels, each about four stories tall, running 150 feet beneath the delta.

State officials released the draft for the project on March 14; compiling a final draft is expected to take more than a year.