SACRAMENTO -- Five Congressional Democrats have demanded the resignation of a top official in Gov.
The controversy surrounds Jerry Meral, deputy director of the state Natural Resources Agency, who allegedly told officials that Brown's water plan was never about saving the delta and that in fact the delta could not be saved.
That contradicts statements made by Brown who has said his plan would include measures to restore the delta, the confluence of the two rivers and the San Francisco Bay, which serves as the primary source of drinking water for most of the state's residents.
Brown administration officials were not immediately available for comment.
The region is at the heart of a controversial $23-billion plan by Brown to build two massive new tunnels that would divert water around the delta to Southern California. Democrats and Republicans around the delta have criticized Brown's proposal, saying it would jeopardize the future of central California's water in order to benefit residents in the southern half of the state.
Democratic members of
"Director Meral's comments suggest the Brown administration has violated the public trust," said Rep.
Other Democrats who signed the statement include Reps.