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January 2012
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Governor Brown Supports Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Major State Water Delivery Improvements

Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

Major investments in California infrastructure, including a revamping of the state's water delivery system and the restoration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, are significant elements of Gov. Jerry Brown's vision for the state's future. Water and the Delta were identified as top statewide priorities by the governor during his State of the State address on Jan. 18 before a joint session of the California Legislature.

During his speech, Brown referenced the legacy of his father, former Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, by calling on California to reinvest in a series of large public projects to prepare the state for the future and to sustain its economic come back.

"My father built the water plan," Brown told audiences in Southern California in a series of appearances after his State of the State address. "I want to complete it."

Brown urged lawmakers in his speech to support the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, saying "we should have the basic elements of the project we need to build" by this summer.

State and federal agencies, with the help of water districts and environmental groups, have been drafting the BDCP, which would couple water system improvements and ecosystem restoration.

Located at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, the Delta provides about 30 percent of Southern California's water and is a vital supply for the Bay Area and communities and farms throughout the Central Valley.

The plan calls for one of the nation's largest habitat restoration efforts ever attempted as well as a new way of moving and delivering water through the Delta.
Brown's speech was well received by California's water community. Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, called the governor's address "a historic moment for decisive action to achieve the goals of regaining a reliable water system for California and restoring the Delta."

Comments by other organizations:

Metropolitan General Manager's Statement Regarding Gov. Brown's State-of-the-State Address

State Water Contractors, statement by General Manager Terry Erlewine; Gov. Brown makes Bay Delta Conservation Plan top priority

Association of California Water Agencies, statement by Executive Director Timothy Quinn; ACWA comments on Gov. Brown's State of the State address


Jan. 22
Sacramento Bee,
Gov. Jerry Brown once again seeks to sell Californians on big projects

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