"Significant" and "far-reaching impacts" will negatively affect Solano County and its agricultural foundation if the governor's Bay Delta Conservation Plan is implemented.
That's part of a draft response to the governor's plan that county supervisors are considering. The board of supervisors and Solano County staff have been meticulously reading thousands of pages of environmental documents and an implementation plan related to the governor's water plan for months.
They're inching closer to Tuesday's deadline, when all of their comments need to be submitted.
Director of Resource Management Bill Emlen submitted a draft introduction to the board of supervisors last week. The introduction, according to Emlen, is not a technical document but aims to set the tone for the rest of the letter. It focuses on the impacts to agriculture and the inequities of asking the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and Delta counties to absorb the major impacts while others receive water without any investment in Northern California.
Emlen said, to date, the county cannot support the water plan because it doesn't address alternatives and the mitigations suggested in the documents are not enough.
"The county continues to find that the plan has significant and far-reaching impacts that will erode the agricultural base that the county has spent decades trying to responsibly preserve," the letter reads. "Furthermore, we see little evidence of consideration of plan modifications or earnest consideration of alternatives responsive to reducing impacts of the BDCP on Solano County and the Delta region."
The BDCP is Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to build two massive tunnels through the Delta in what he claims is a more efficient way to move water to Southern California. The plan also calls for habitat restoration, which would take away thousands of acres of farm land from the county.
The county also continues to urge the state to work with the Delta counties.
"The plan facilitates a glaring imbalance and inequity whereby economic objectives of other regions are supported at the expense of the Delta region," the county writes. "It is discouraging to observe how one-sided the plan remains despite extensive input from Solano County and other Delta communities identifying this fundamental flaw and inequity in the BDCP."