Lund on Delta tunnels: Really not about taking more water from others


In an Associated Press interview Monday (Dec. 9, 2013) the Center director Jay Lund said the goal of the state's Bay Delta Conservation Plan is not to increase the amount of water being sent to cities and Central Valley farms, but to make the conveyance less environmentally damaging.

"This is really not about taking additional water from other water users ... it's just shifting the place of diversion," Lund said. "You can never have no impact when doing (something like this), but you're changing the impacts and transforming them for something that's less bad for the native fish."

Lund is one of the scientists reviewing the plan to restore the Delta, in part by building two 30-mile underground tunnels to ensure stable water delivery to millions of Californians.