When Wolk became notified by Senate Pro Tem Steinberg that her legislation, SB 458, establish a Delta Conservancy would be amended in the Water Conference Committee with provisions that she and the other Delta counties opposed, she withdrew her authorship. She has been replaced with Senators Steinberg and Joe Simitian as the authors of SB 458.
“When I learned that the Conference Committee intended to alter key provisions of the bill, as well as other pieces of the water package, it was clear I could no longer carry this legislation. What began as a sincere effort to create a state and local partnership to restore the Delta and sustain the Delta communities and economy is becoming, day by day, amendment by amendment, a tool to assist water exporters who are primarily responsible for the Delta’s decline.”
She also rebuked the Senate Leader for lack of inclusion of Delta communities in the process:
“It is regrettable. Without the Delta communities as working partners in this effort it is unlikely to succeed.”
The outcome here is becoming increasingly clear and alarming for counties such as Yolo that have a stake in the health and vitality of the Delta.
At this point in time, the Delta communities have no representatives at the table when crucial decisions are being made. It is abundantly clear that the deck has been stacked against the Delta and this will be a huge blow to Yolo County and to an entire range ecological and economic factors upon which many of the Delta Counties will rely.
—David M. Greenwald reporting