Central Basin Water Agency delays Delta Tunnels project vote
Central Basin board members said they needed more information on how it would affect ratepayers in southeast Los Angeles County
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors, July 24, 2017 Central Basin Municipal Water District. Photo: YouTube/Central Basin Municipal Water District
5-2 vote stalls decision on Delta Tunnels project, citing need for more information on local impact
COMPTON — In a 5 to 2 vote, the Central Basin Water Agency board decided Aug. 28 to postpone a decision on the Delta Tunnels project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Citing the many unknowns regarding the rate impacts of the project, estimated to cost $25 billion, the Central Basin board members said they needed more information on how it would affect ratepayers in southeast Los Angeles County, which includes Compton, Willowbrook, Carson, and Lynwood.
In an editorial, the Compton Herald opposed the tunnels project citing an unfair burden on local taxpayers who would not benefit from one drop of additional water from the excavation of tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
According to Brenna Norton, senior Southern California organizer, Food & Water Watch, which opposed the tunnel project, “This delay provides temporary relief for ratepayers in Lynwood, South Gate, Florence-Graham, Willowbrook, Compton, and Carson.
“The Central Basin board recognizes that there are many crucial unanswered questions about who will pay for the Delta Tunnels. It would be a great injustice for low and middle-income communities in Los Angeles County to carry the burden for the tunnels, which will raise rates but not provide new water. We look forward to giving the board the data it needs to vote down this wrong-headed scheme,” Norton said.
The board plans to meet again in late September.
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