The Bay Delta Conservation Plan would bring the state and local economy more than 136,000 new jobs, according to a new study. The Plan features construction of two tunnels to deliver water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to federal and state pumps that currently export water directly from the southern Delta. Water exports to cities and farms have been seriously curtailed due to Endangered Species Act restrictions. The Plan, which also features restoration of Delta habitat, is designed to fulfill the co-equal goals of Delta ecosystem restoration and a reliable water supply. According to the study, by Dr. David Sunding of UC Berkeley, and commissioned by the State Natural Resources Agency, the Plan would create 110,596 full-time jobs in California during an expected 7.5-year construction period. In addition, the operations and maintenance of the Plan will add another 11,331 jobs. The employment impacts were calculated based on the UC Davis Cost and Return Studies.
For more information about the BDCP and the jobs it would create, visit http://baydeltaconservationplan.com/Home.aspx.
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