Sacramento River plans revealed

State releases preliminary draft of Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Preliminary drafts of California’s controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan were released on Thursday, March 14.

The draft documents for the $14 billion project, which would involve two giant tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento River and three new intake points along the river in Sacramento County, are considered a preview of the formal draft expected in July, according to The Sacramento Bee.

The tunnels ostensibly would protect the water supply—which serves 25 million Californians and 3 million acres of farmland from San Jose to San Diego—from floods, sea-level rise and earthquakes. Supporters also maintain the project would restore 145,000 acres of habitat critical to wildlife.

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