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Coalition response…The author’s alternative proposals, including desalination, recycling and levee improvements, are already underway in California. Desalination efforts in Southern California have gone through years of legal challenges and the permitting process continues. Recycling, as well as conservation, has been a way of life on California farms and in our cities. California has spent more than $300 million since 2005 to improve Delta levees and plans to spend more.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) does not prohibit the above actions from continuing. The focus of BDCP is to create a reliable water supply and restore the Delta ecosystem. Seven years of research by scientists have resulted in the current BDCP proposal, which is the best opportunity that Californians have in securing their water future.