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Alternative Proposal for Delta Canals

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 14, 2013

Delta farmers and politicians have been fighting Governor Jerry Brown's canal plan to ship water south.  Now an alternative plan is gaining local support.

Engineer Robert Pyke has helped build dams all over the world.

For California, he is floating a plan to build a canal system by Sherman Island to deliver water from the Delta to Southern California with fewer ill effects for the ecosystem.

His idea includes building reservoirs for water storage in dry years, something lacking in the governor's plan.

PYKE: "That means you have some way that in wet years you can take out 7-8-9 even 10 million acre feet per year so that put that excess in a piggybank."

San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller says the Governor's water plan would take water farther north, which would mean lower water quality for the Delta, for the benefit of southern users.

RUHSTALLER: "Everybody is going to live with the water quality of the Delta, i.e. we all get better together or we all get worse together."

Ruhstaller and other area politicians are trying to gain support for Pyke's proposal.

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