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Editorial: Even the best case for Delta tunnels holds zero for north

Coalition response…Those who claim that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan will simply “preserve the status quo” refuse to acknowledge the benefits contained in the Plan. BDCP is an effort to obtain a 50-year endangered species permit that will improve the Delta through habitat restoration and protection of species. In doing so it is expected that water supply reliability will improve for users who have a legal right to use existing water supplies.

The BDCP does not increase the average amount of water that has been delivered through the Delta over the past 20 years. This permit should improve water supply reliability for almost 4,000 farms and 25 million Californians. The importance of a dependable supply of water to farmers means California consumers can depend on a variety of safe, healthy and affordable food products from local sources.

Restoring thousands of acres of habitat for fish and providing a reliable supply of water so farmers can grow crops are benefits that do not exist today.

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