Friday Must Reads: Brown Admin. Official Admits Water Tunnels Won’t Save Delta; Brown Urges Feds to Fast-Track Tunnels Despite Concerns They Will Harm Fish

News stories that East Bay environmentalists and progressives shouldn’t miss:

1. A top official in the Brown administration has admitted that the governor’s controversial plan to build two giant water tunnels in the Sacramento area won’t help save the collapsing Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the LA Times$ reports. Congressional Democrats, who strongly question the multi-billion-dollar tunnel plan, have responded to the comments made by Jerry Meral, deputy director of the state Natural Resources Agency, by demanding that he resign. Meral’s comments also directly contradict claims made by Brown that his plan would help save the Delta. Many environmentalists believe the real reason Brown wants the tunnels is to send more freshwater to Southern California.

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