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California, Federal Officials Reveal Water Tunnel Plan

posted on July 27, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California and federal officials have announced plans for a massive twin tunnel system to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities.

Gov. Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar unveiled the proposal at a Sacramento press conference on Wednesday.

Supporters say the tunnels will guarantee a stable water supply for Californians. But opponents argue the project could destroy the already fragile delta ecosystem.

Tags: agriculture California San Joaquin River water rights