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Delta deal may impact Manteca
City may join coalition questioning Bay Delta plan
The Delta’s future is a question the Manteca City Council may address Tuesday night. - photo by HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin
Is the water that runs through city faucets and irrigates tens of thousands of acres of farmland around Manteca safe from being “diverted” to make the Bay Delta Conservation Plan work?

That and a question about who ultimately will foot the bill for the Delta plan are outlined in a letter by a coalition of impacted water users not included in meetings hammering out the BCDP. The City Council will consider adding Manteca as a signature on that letter being sent to the California Natural Resources Agency when they meet Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St. The earlier start time will allow municipal leaders to attend various National Night Out block parties planned throughout the community that evening.

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is being cobbled together to “promote the recovery of endangered threatened, and sensitive fish and wildlife species and their habitats in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in a way that will also protect and restore water supplies.”

State and federal agencies as well as the California Farm Bureau, the Contra Costa Water District and Los Angeles’s Metropolitan Water District comprise the steering committee that is hammering out the plan.

That concerns a number of water suppliers in San Joaquin County that note there is a great potential for adverse impacts on their water supplies yet they have no say in the plan.

The foremost concerns include water rights, Delta flows, and the funding of the plan.

Over 70 percent of California’s fresh water passes through the Delta.

The Stanislaus River watershed - that has been identified in some studies as the leading candidate to provide more water to the Delta - is where Manteca, Lathrop, and Tracy secure part of their municipal water supplies. It is also were South San Joaquin Irrigation District has historic water rights to provide water to the 72,000 acres within the district that serves Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop.

The letter states that the city sees no benefits such as the long-term operating permits and regulatory assurances that the BDCP water agencies stand to receive.

The city is also concerned the BDCP may be developed in a manner that undermines SSJID water rights. They are also concerned the city and other jurisdictions that aren’t part of the process will be burdened with costs without receive benefits that Southern California will obtain.