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Editorial: Analysis of Delta tunnel plan fails to count all the costs

Coalition response…This editorial is long on rhetoric and short on facts. A fact that will govern how much water will be moved through the proposed tunnels is the required adherence to Delta water quality standards established by the State Water Resources Control Board. Fears that the tunnels will take too much water from the Sacramento River are baseless.

More than a million jobs will be created during the 50-year lifespan of the Plan and many of those individuals will reside in San Joaquin County. The payroll for this workforce is expected to be over $11 billion, which means more money flowing through the county’s economy.

It is important that individuals seek the facts when considering the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The overall economic benefits to California total $84 billion, an amount that should be welcomed during these economic times.

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