Today, as the state released an updated Environmental Impact Report about the proposed project to fix California’s aging primary water distribution infrastructure, a broad coalition of prominent labor, business, community and water leaders reiterated their strong support for the project, saying that climate change has created an urgent need to address the state’s dilapidated system of water conveyance throughout the state. Today’s EIR presents the (6,000 cf/s) single tunnel as the preferred alternative. Many changes have been made to the proposed project to address capacity and to minimize impacts on affected communities.
“There are few things more important for the security of our state than a reliable water supply,” said Michael Quigley, Executive Director of the California Alliance for Jobs, a labor management partnership. “But California’s main water distribution system that supplies water to 2/3 of our state’s families, farms and businesses is aging and at risk of collapse. We must take steps now to fix our aging water distribution infrastructure to protect the safety and reliability of our state’s water supply. Inaction is not an option.”