The board of the entity that sells water to local agencies in Southern California, the Metropolitan Water District, is voting on Tuesday, December 8 at 12pm on whether to fund the next phase of planning of the destructive Delta Tunnel project. The board will consider whether to spend $59-75 million, on top of the $50 million they spent in April, just to fund the next phase of tunnel planning. The proposal to spend this money is coming months before the board has completed its own long-term plan for serving water needs in Southern California.If it is ever built, the tunnel will cost $16-40 billion, and as much as 60% of that cost will be borne by MWD. MWD staff has put forth four options for the board to choose from- 1) pay for MWD’s portion and Kern County’s portion at $75 million, 2) pay for MWD’s portion at $59 million, 3) wait until the long-term plan (the Integrated Resources Plan, or IRP) is finished in April to vote, or option 4) stop the tunnel by not financing it.The Delta Tunnel will reduce water flows and devastate the environment of the already-fragile San Francisco Bay Delta. The tunnel will hurt salmon and other fish, bird and wildlife populations, and reduce the food source to whales and other marine mammals in the Pacific Ocean. It will devastate the Stockton area’s air quality and already depressed local economy. It will also negatively impact Indigenous communities in Northern California. This project has been denied for 90 years now, and every time it comes before a vote by the people, it fails. Call the MWD Board of Directors on December 8 and tell them to vote for option 4--NO on funding the next phase of the tunnel. Here are talking points to make it easier.Instructions to Call in: During the initial public comment period which will be at the beginning of the meeting at noon, call (404) 400-0335 and use code: 9601962 and give your name. If there are many callers, you will be added to a queue and put on hold.There is no live video feed unless there are slideshows, but you can listen live here. Callers will be limited to three minutes per comment, but there are no limits on the number of speakers.Remember: You must make your comments early in the meeting, during the public comment period and BEFORE any agenda items are presented.MWD serves Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.There will be many callers from both sides on this issue, but it’s critical that you wait for your turn and call in. The more voices, the stronger we are!Can’t call in at that time? Click here to send an email. Do both if you can.Join our Facebook group, Stop the Delta Tunnel, to stay up-to-date on the progress against the tunnel.If you have any questions, please contact:Caty WagnerSierra Club California’s Southern California Conservation Organizercaty.firstname.lastname@example.org
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