The Guild Report:  
Governor Announces New Water Project    
January 2013 
In This Issue
Point of View
Rescuing the Delta
Got Roses?


Point of View  
With Employee Owner
Israel De Luna  


"Next month will be my one year anniversary at Gardeners' Guild.  I've learned a lot about how to be more effective in my work as a landscape estimator.  It has enabled me to be more accommodating to our customers - this is always the goal.  The support and camaraderie here is great!
Israel is an estimator in our landscape construction division.  His positive attitude is just one of the reasons he is a pleasure to work with.


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 Happy New Year - everyone! 


Governor Jerry Brown just gave his annual State of the State speech which included an ambitious plan that he contends will protect the California Delta in the case of disaster.


Fortunately our state budget is in better shape than it was last year.  Nonetheless, this project is controversial.  The article below quotes the portion of his speech referring to the Delta.


Speaking of water, it seems we are getting the kind of rain predicted a few months ago.  I guess the analysts were right about our El Nino winter.


Please email and let me know any thoughts you have on the Governor's plan to restore the Delta.  And, let me know if there are any other topics you would like covered.    


All the best,
Suzanne Harris

Rescuing the Delta


This is how the Governor describes his plan for the Delta:    


"Central to the life of our state is water and one sixth of that water flows through the San Joaquin Delta.  Silicon Valley, the Livermore Valley, farmers on the East side of the San Joaquin Valley between Fresno and Kern County and farmers on the West side between Tracy and Los Banos, urban Southern California and Northern Contra Costa, all are critically dependent on the Delta for water.


If because of an earthquake, a hundred year storm or sea level rise, the Delta fails, the disaster would be comparable to Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy: losses of at least $100 billion and 40,000 jobs.  I am going to do whatever I can to make sure that does not happen.  My proposed plan is two tunnels 30 miles long and 40 feet wide, designed to improve the ecology of the Delta, with almost 100 square miles of habitat restoration.  Yes, that is big but so is the problem.   


The London Olympics lasted a short while and cost $14 billion, about the same cost of this project.  But, this project will serve California for hundreds of years."   


About the Delta Project 

The Contra Costa Water District supplies 500,000 customers with water from the Delta.  The project's goal is to allow freshwater to flow from the Bay Area to San Diego allowing for the irrigation of three million acres of farmland. 


Immediate reactions -  


The California State Water Contractors thanked the Governor for making this project a priority for his 2013 administration.  They emphasize the Delta's vulnerability and the importance of investing in its infrastructure which will secure the state's water supply.


About the State Water Contractors

It is a non-profit association of 27 public agencies from Northern, Central and Southern California that purchase water under contract from the California State Water Project.  Their commitment is to promote reliable and safe drinking water.  



The opposition believes that the project could destroy the already fragile ecosystem of the Delta


The President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association is concerned that the project will adversely impact salmon runs 



What do you think?   


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