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Bills Calling for More Delta Water Plan Analysis Move Forward

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Most Bay Delta Conservation Plan scenarios rely on a canal or tunnel to carry water to southern California.   

Republican Assemblyman Bill Berryhill of the Central Valley says taxpayers deserve a comprehensive, third-party cost-benefit analysis of the plans.

BERRYHILL:  "We have to look at the whole picture. The rate payers, the farmers, all deserve to know what's this water going to cost before they go pumping $25 billion into a pipeline."

Opponents of the bill, including the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, say the information is already included in the draft plan.  Still the bill passed the committee by a vote of 10 to 2.

The committee passed a second delta bill requiring the state to consider another water management system not included in the original plan. Proponents say this proposal could store more water, and might serve as a back-up if the delta plan fails.

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