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Delta chief: Water diversion plan looks promising

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“The Brown administration’s top official on Delta matters said this week he is confident a new aqueduct can be built to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta for water users in Southern California.”In his first interview since joining the new administration, Jerry Meral said events and information developed since he backed the Peripheral Canal as part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s first administration have only strengthened the case for it.

“And estimates developed at the end of the Schwarzenegger administration about the amount of water that could be taken from the Delta will probably prove to be in the right ballpark, he said. He cautioned that he was expressing personal convictions and that final decisions would be made only after formal reviews.

“”I don’t want to prejudge this, but something like a facility roughly of the size in the earlier documents will be proposed, be permitted and be built,” he said.

“Meral, who has a doctorate in zoology, has spent much of his career working for environmental groups. He was also deputy director of the state Department of Water Resources from 1975 to 1983, when he supported the controversial Peripheral Canal that would have skirted the Delta to move Sacramento River water to the south.

“Voters statewide killed that plan in 1982, in part due to strong opposition in Contra Costa County.”

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Suit over Pardee Reservoir expansion goes to court

“The fight over an East Bay water utility’s bid to expand a picturesque reservoir and flood up to 1,200 acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills will head into a Sacramento courtroom this week.

“While the East Bay Municipal Utility District will argue that a bigger reservoir could be an important source for slaking the thirst of hundreds of thousands of new customers in coming decades, a coalition of conservation and fishing groups says the project is an environmental disaster in the making.

“In approving a 30-year plan to provide water for large swaths of Alameda and Contra Costa counties in 2009, EBMUD reversed its previous position on the Pardee Reservoir, located on the Amador-Calaveras line, according to agency opponents.”