By Robbie Waters' Office
Editor’s Note: In the Jan. 21 edition of The Pocket News, we published a special feature on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan written by District 7 City Councilman Robbie Waters. The story generated many comments from readers regarding the state’s plan to build water intake structures along the Sacramento River, across from the Pocket. The following report is a follow-up to the original story. Read both online at www.valcomnews.com.
The BDCP will now move forward with five identified sites from Clarksburg downstream to Courtland, on the east levee of the Sacramento River. You can see the new map on page 4 of this document on the BDCP Web site: http://www.baydeltaconservationplan.com/SteeringCommitteeLibrary/1.29.10 SC HO SC_Intake_Structures_North_Delta_Locations_012810_v5.pdf
Our advocacy to the Department of Water Resources was successful in convincing decision makers that the pumping facility locations directly across the river from the Pocket area would have an inappropriate and disproportionate impact on our community. Thank you to the many residents who attended meetings, sent letters and emails to DWR.
On the new map referenced above, it should be noted that the site selection criteria now includes “avoid high population density areas.”
Although we have successfully ensured that no BDCP pumping intakes will be built across from the Pocket area, our attention now turns to the DWR North Bay Aqueduct Alternative Intake Project (NBA AIP). This proposal would draw water from the Sacramento River to supply water agencies in Napa and Solano counties via a new intake in Yolo County across from our community.
Stay tuned as events surrounding this NBAAIP project develop in the coming months. Visit http://www.water.ca.gov/pubs/planning/nba_aip_nop__department_of_water_resources__north_bay_aqueduct__alternative_intake_project__notice_of_preparation_/dwr_nba_aip_nop-11-24-09.pdf for more information on the project.