Evans, Steven

Steven L. Evans is Conservation Director of Friends of the River, California’s statewide river conservation organization.

Will Peripheral Canal Be Considered After the August Recess?

Steve_Evans.jpgBy Steve Evans
Conservation Director
Friends of the River

The controversial Peripheral Canal may or may not be included in a package of water bills that the Legislature expects to take up after its arduous budget battle and the August recess. The water package will likely propose an appointed council or water master to manage water operations, provide overall direction for ecosystem restoration, and attempt to implement the Governor’s goal of reducing water use by 20%. Some capitol insiders claim that the package will not expressly authorize the giant canal, which will divert massive quantities of fresh water around the beleaguered estuary for export to the southern Central Valley and southern California.