Surprise lawsuit over flood project
Original post made on Jan 16, 2013
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 11:42 AM
on Jan 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm
The water district has spent over $20M so far on this project and its not out of the design phase yet. Their board of directors meets next Tuesday to decide whether to scrap the entire flood protection project altogether.
on Jan 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm
$20,000 isn't really that much money. (20M = 20,000)
on Jan 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm
The environmental impact reports are available on this page as two PDF files, near the top:
Having looked through them, they struck me as very detailed, and well researched. Impacts are discussed at length, including temporary ones caused by construction. Alternatives are presented and discussed. Also, data is presented on expected water flows etc.; and the underlying models have been refined a while ago, based on the best research available. There was a lengthy period in which comments could be submitted, and based on those comments the project was revised and the Cuesta Annex basin was removed from the project (read the first PDF, it starts out with discussing this). In short, none of this seems rushed with respect to the spirit of providing comprehensive EIR documentation and following a process that considers alternatives.
One has to wonder whether this lawsuit would be frivolous.