Thomas J. Graff is Senior Counsel at EDF.
Must the Resources Agency and the Department of Water Resources consider a reduced Delta export alternative?
That’s just one of the issues that has now been set for argument April 2 before the CA Supreme Court in the case of “In re Bay Delta Programmatic Environmental Impact Report Coordinated Proceedings” (i.e. the CALFED EIR case).
Those of us who work the environmental side of things think it ought to be a no-brainer, not so much for the Court but for the agencies themselves. The salmon season is shot. The list of endangered species and the depth of their plight in the estuary are both proliferating. State and Federal water contractors south of the Delta are desperate for an isolated facility.
How can one take them and the agencies who deliver them water seriously when they continue to argue that reduced exports are not a viable alternative?