GGSA Statement on Twin Tunnels Permits

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden Gate Salmon Association issued the following statement today in reaction to the release of the biological opinions related to the twin tunnels project. Executive Director John McManus issued the following statement:

“Salmon fishermen and women are opposed to this version of the tunnels because it’s designed so big that it will wipe out salmon, fishing families and fishing communities, and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Delta native wildlife. The two 40 foot diameter tunnels are big enough to divert the entire Sacramento River at most times of the year. The river and Delta downstream of the diversion intakes will basically become a stagnant cesspool if this thing is built as planned. Californians have been denied a vote on whether we support the destruction of the SF Bay Delta, which isn’t democratic, for starters.

The reason this project is too big is because they’ve allowed the water users to design it with no balancing to protect the environment. It’s as if they let the fox design the hen house. Of course, he’s going to design it so he can later clean it out.

They tell us, don’t worry about the size, we promise we won’t harm the salmon fishery yet look what they did during the drought when push came to shove. The water users said just trust us but took the water needed by salmon and we lost two-year classes of salmon in 2014 and 2015.

We’re told that sea level rise means this thing must be built and yet the project planners haven’t even analyzed conditions they expect to operate the tunnels in beyond the scheduled opening date in 2031.”