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Bay Delta Conservation Plan's skipper retires, joins environmental group

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Jerry Meral was deputy director of the California Department of Natural Resources until December, spearheading the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Now he's advocating for that plan on behalf of the Natural Heritage Institute.

Just days after resigning his post as water advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, Jerry Meral has joined an environmental group, the Natural Heritage Institute. He will serve as the director of the organization's California Water Program.

The new role will allow him to advocate for the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

In order to comply with California law, which seeks to limit "revolving door" relationships among outside advocates and state officials, NHI will not compensate Meral for work on the Bay Delta. The Institute has long been a vocal supporter of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

The conservation plan proposes to improve the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta AND shore up water supplies to southern California through the construction of two tunnels.

Meral resigned as deputy secretary of California’s Natural Resources Agency on Tuesday.



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