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State official comes to Redding, speaks to skeptics about Bay Delta Conservation Plan

By Mike Mangas
Published On: Aug 27 2013 08:09:36 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

A state water official was in Redding on Tuesday to try to clear up misconceptions about the Bay Delta Conservation plan. The proposal that includes the twin tunnels that would ship water from the north around and to the Delta.

Department of Water Resources Director Paul Hellicker got a lukewarm reception from Shasta County supervisors and people who were worried about a water grab from San Joaquin Valley agriculture and Southern California.

Hellicker said no more water than is currently taken would go through the tunnels and to the Delta, but some board members were skeptical. Also skeptical were a brother and sister from Whitmore who spoke about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

What caught many people's ear was Hellicker's statement that during drought years, Lake Shasta could be drained to keep the Delta from becoming too saline from ocean water.

He later said this project would have nothing to do with it, it would only be triggered by weather conditions and predicted global warming.