Josh Jones one of the Green Party's candidates for Governor of CA has released a statement about his position on the continuing issue of the Delta Tunnels. Here is what he wrote;
As Green Party candidate for Governor, I must state my position and unequivocal rejection of the Delta Tunnel Project.
I studied geology, and understand the hydrology of California well. For good reason, the Delta Tunnel Project and others like it, have been proposed and shot down for decades.
Removal of even more fresh water from the mouth of the Sacramento River would result in catastrophic seawater and saltwater intrusion into precious fresh ground water in the greater Sacramento Delta area.
However, we do need to address growing population and the urgent need for a new California water plan, especially since the most recent CA Water Plan was created in 1957. Our population has radically changed since 1957, and we need a new comprehensive water plan.
We need smarter and newer catchment systems. Dams have a lifespan of about 100 years, and many are nearing replacement. A dam is essentially a wall across a river; that's a Herculean task. There are better ways than dams to capture fresh water. Dams are currently necessary to catch water for Californian populations, but there are other ways to achieve water security for cities and towns.
One way to achieve needed fresh water catchment is this: spillways from rivers that flow into side-of-river reservoirs. In other words, small or medium sized valleys to the side of rivers can be utilized as reservoirs. This would allow much needed recharge of groundwater, and passively capture flood-stage water, reducing downstream flooding in the process.
As with dam construction, using side-of-river reservoirs would require some people to move to higher ground. Areas flooded for water capture would be available for fishing and other recreation when filled. Additionally, these places would also be available as both vibrant land parks and tillable farmland when dry in late summer and autumn. It would also move some areas back toward the quality of vernal flooding, for which California was once famous as the "Western Serengeti". These intermittently flooded valleys would blossom with vibrant wildflowers, grow flood tolerant trees such as willow, and many types of native wildlife such as pronghorn antelope could thrive there.
Recycling water is an another important way to accumulate water reserves for cities, through direct reuse, surface water augmentation, or ground water recharge. In this way, large cities can build up water resources. Ultimately, all water is recycled by the hydrological cycle.
Regulation of water use is also necessary. I grew up in the countryside and city, and understand the needs of both. As Governor I will negotiate with farmers and large cities, letting farmers know that in order to regulate city water use, farmers must also accept regulations. Water is necessary to grow food, indeed, and so it must be parceled out.
Additionally, we must pursue desalination as an option. Not aggressive desalination, but partial desalination, which occurs naturally when clouds form over the ocean and come inland. This close-to-natural desalination does not harm ocean systems and life. We must pursue partial desalination to bring water security to Los Angeles, San Diego, and the other large cities along California's coast.
When I am Governor, infrastructure will be increased, I will forward deploy Cal Fire units to areas susceptible to wildfire that year, police will be trained to deescalate, the Portuguese Model will be emphasized via a vis drug use, sustainable energy will be developed to its highest potential, separate light rail will be constructed to interconnect cities such as Modesto to Bakersfield, and a new smarter water plan will be developed immediately.
California needs to be water smart.
Josh Jones for Governor 2018
“California Environmental Justice Coalition to Meet in Sacramento for Third Statewide Conference”
Statewide Coalition of 66 Organizations, including Tri-Valley CAREs, Represents Urban, Rural and Indigenous Communities; Coalition Will Demand Improvements to California’s Environmental Justice, Civil Rights, and Language Access
Contact: California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC) firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Helme, CEJC Coordinator, Valley Improvement Projects, (209) 324-6414; Bradley Angel, CEJC Co-Founder, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, (415) 722-5270; or Marylia Kelley, Executive Director at Tri-Valley CAREs, a CEJC Co-Founding group with membership in Alameda and San Joaquin Counties, (925) 255-3589 (cell while on travel)
SACRAMENTO, CA – Over one hundred environmental justice and community leaders from dozens of organizations will be in Sacramento, California on August 12 and August 13 to hold their third statewide gathering. On Monday, August 14, CEJC will testify and present to the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Toxic Substances Control community-based recommendations for what should be included in their Civil Rights and Language Access Policies that the department must adopt by December of this year.
As a result years of organizing and advocacy, and our successful civil rights complaint, CalEPA and DTSC officials will have to listen to the concerns of the state’s environmental justice communities and those most vulnerable and affected by harmful pollution and environmental racism,” stated Bradley Angel of Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, a CEJC co-founder.
Last year an historic Civil Rights complaint settlement was reached between DTSC, its parent agency CalEPA, and CEJC groups Greenaction and El Pueblo para el Aire y Aqua Limpia de Kettleman City (People for Clean Air and Water of Kettleman City).
The complaint was filed with the US EPA after Spanish-speaking residents in Kettleman City were only given half the time to comment about a drastic expansion of the Chemical Waste Management Inc. hazardous waste landfill in the small, mostly farmworker community.
Recently, 36 environmental justice, community and social justice organizations across the state, many from CEJC, submitted their recommendations regarding what DTSC must include in the civil rights and language access policies they are developing in order to comply with environmental justice and civil rights mandates and laws.
Maricela Mares-Alatorre, of El Pueblo para el Aire y Aqua Limpia de Kettleman City, also a CEJC co-founder stated, “This meeting is a proactive approach to working with regulating agencies in a way that will bring about systematic change.”
The hearing will come after a 2-day conference of over 100 CEJC members and allies who will plan the expansion of the coalition’s influence as well as its priorities and goals for the future. Members will also discuss the potential outcome of DTSC’s new policies, the recent Cap-and-Trade bill, and the attack on environmental protections expected from the Trump administration.
“In the face of adversity from the new federal administration, CEJC seeks to maintain its frontrunner status in policy, which is represented by over 60 grassroots community organizations aiming to uphold the Principles of Environmental Justice,” said Humberto Lugo of CEJC co-founder organization Comite Civico del Valle in the Imperial Valley.
The California Environmental Justice Coalition was founded in November of 2014 in Kettleman City. The 2017 Statewide Conference will mark the coalition’s third statewide gathering. Led by people of color and low-income communities, CEJC is a broad, inclusive, grassroots statewide coalition of small and large groups uniting urban, rural and indigenous communities in resistance against environmental racism and injustice, and committed to environmental, social, and economic justice. CEJC welcomes longstanding environmental justice organizations and newcomers alike.
CEJC members and community leaders will be available for media interviews upon request after the CalEPA/DTSC hearing at the numbers listed above.
Eric Luna, a member of the SJC Green Party Council and a member of the California Green Party Coordinating Committee, will represent the greens at this historic meeting. Interviews with Eric are available on request.
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