Supes sue state

Butte County files lawsuit over twin tunnels project

The Butte County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in closed session on Tuesday (Aug. 8) to file a lawsuit against the California Department of Water Resources for failing to adequately assess the impacts of Gov. Jerry Brown’s enormous water infrastructure project, known as California WaterFix.

The controversial $15 billion project would divert water from the Sacramento River to the Central Valley via twin tunnels underneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. On July 21, DWR certified its environmental analysis of WaterFix under the California Environmental Quality Act.

According to a press release, Butte County has a list of concerns that have not been addressed by the environmental analysis and, “if ignored, the failures would lead to actions that will ultimately damage the region’s economy, environment and communities.”