Ironically, our 2004 governor is well known for his movie phrase "I'll be
back". Perhaps the folks who got him to run to push through this same
canal plan had a bit of sense of humor? Certainly if the peripheral
canal could talk, it too would have the motto "I'll be back!"
On this page you will find links to pdfs or
maps produced by the agencies as noted in 2004. These are the ones we
found easily online. There are many other studies, as indicated by the
table references and bibliographies of the reports. You should also
review the maps section of this website, particularly the historic maps.
The canal plan was proposed in 1965 and 1978-82 (called the peripheral
canal) and was voted down by the voters of the state.
Same canal idea...new name in 2010. Planning and implementation of the latest
canal plan started in earnest in 1998-2000 based on documents we've reviewed.
By 2004, the latest attack on the Delta water went into full swing, as
outlined in the 2004 MWD slideshow highlighted below. An important
event in 2004 was the convenient flooding of Upper and Lower Jones Tract,
which had been the subject of computer modeling for effects of in-delta
water storage in studies 2002-2003. You might want to review those
documents and form your own opinion. In any case, we periodically add
more documents: last upload 11/10/2011