Thirteen of California’s most respected statewide and regional organizations, representing business, water, local government, labor, environmental justice interests and more stand in support of modernizing our water delivery system and securing a safe, reliable water supply for Southern California. This coalition of interests including the Southern California Water Coalition has sent a letter in support of the proposed Delta Conveyance Project, identified in the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Environmental Impact Report. Delta Conveyance is vital and essential to completing the voter-approved State Water project and modernizing California’s water transport infrastructure.
The State Water Project and the water that flows through its vast network of infrastructure is the backbone of the state’s invaluable water supply for 27 million Californians. The Delta Conveyance Project is a landmark investment in the state’s incomplete and aging water infrastructure and a vital project for California’s future. The state-of-the-art water conveyance solution described in Alternative 5 of the Draft EIR will ensure that tens of millions of Californians will have clean, reliable, and affordable water for generations to come.
Collectively, our comments on the Draft EIR focus on three primary themes that are important in the ongoing dialogue and consideration relating to certification of the EIR and advancement of the project:
- Critical need for new Delta Conveyance as a climate adaptation strategy
- Importance of new Delta Conveyance in embracing the commitment to protection and advancement of the Human Right to Water
- Value of Delta Conveyance to the Southern California and statewide economies.
While versions of this project have been proposed over the years, today’s proposed project is a sharp departure from previous iterations. The Delta Conveyance Project proposed today has been downsized, refined, rerouted, and redesigned to better meet the needs of the communities it serves.