Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Congressman Garamendi: Massive Twin Tunnels Still a Boondoggle

December 9, 2013
Press Release

Urges State to Consider Water Plan that Meets the Needs of all Californians

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the release of new environmental documents for the State of California’s controversial Peripheral Tunnels, which goes by the misnomer the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), Congressman John Garamendi (CA-3) issued the following statement:

“Thus far every analysis of the proposed twin tunnels and disruptive habitat restoration projects in the BDCP has shown the proposal fails to achieve the legally required goals of environmental restoration and reliable water. Since there has been no substantive change in the purpose or fundamental design of the BDCP, it is hard to imagine how these documents change the fundamental fact that the whole BDCP is a $25 billion boondoggle that will lead to the destruction of the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Western Hemisphere. This project still doesn’t create one gallon of new water, and it still doesn’t add one gallon of desperately needed storage for existing water. The BDCP remains a bad deal for California.

“It's time to stop the madness and fully consider alternatives, such as the NRDC’s portfolio approach or the ‘Comprehensive Water Plan for All of California’ that I have proposed.”

Click here to read Congressman Garamendi’s latest op-ed on a water plan for all of California.