Rich Pedroncelli AP
May 17, 2018 01:00 PM
Updated May 16, 2018 03:23 PM
If you care about the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta or protecting California water rights, you should be very alarmed by something that just happened 3,000 miles away in the halls of Congress.
Backed by southern California interests, the House Appropriations Committee just unveiled the fiscal year 2019 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. It includes language that would prohibit any judicial review of anything associated with the disastrous twin tunnels project, also known as California WaterFix, under federal or state laws.
Let’s be clear on what this means. Currently, there are over 25 lawsuits challenging various aspects of the project. These lawsuits have been filed by local governments, water districts, recreational groups, conservation groups and tribal governments – many of whom are my constituents.