Delta Pipeline Plan Under Scrutiny
HOST: More than 1,000 scientists and policymakers are grappling with solutions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta this week. As KQED science reporter Lauren Sommer tells us, the Governor's new water plan is under scrutiny at a meeting in Sacramento.
LAUREN SOMMER: Whether you're a scientist that works on endangered Delta smelt, migratory birds or even tiny plankton, there’s one thing that’s clear.
PETER GOODWIN: The stakes are absolutely huge.
SOMMER: Peter Goodwin is the lead scientist for the Delta Science Program, a state advisory group. Governor Brown has proposed building two 35-mile water tunnels through the Delta. He says they're crucial to the state’s future water supply. That project won’t happen if it harms endangered fish. Goodwin says there’s a lot of risk for the state.
GOODWIN: If we lost the water supply in the Delta, the consequence to Southern California would be devastating. That’s on one side of the fence. On the other side we have a very productive ecosystem that’s in jeopardy.
SOMMER: The Brown administration is expected to release a draft plan for the Delta tunnels by the end of the year. I’m Lauren Sommer, KQED News.