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Delta-Saving Water Plan Would Be Financial, Environmental Drain, Critics Say

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A multi-billion-dollar project meant to restore the struggling Delta is getting opposition from people who say promises of protecting the Delta can’t be trusted.

Rogene Reynolds has lived a long time in the Delta, and she’s trying to rally others against the state of California.

He’s passing out signs saying “Save the Delta. Stop the tunnels.”

Those tunnels are part of the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan aimed at restoring and protecting the Delta’s ecosystem.

The plan calls for building two twin tunnels to funnel water out of the Sacramento River near Clarksburg and Courtland. It would then bring water to the aqueducts in the south Delta, which then provide it to 25 million people from the Bay Area on south.

Currently, water is pumped from the south, near Tracy. But that’s had negatives effects such as putting more saltwater in the Delta from the Bay, reversing natural water flows, and declining fish populations.

Those pumps would still be used about half the time, but the state says the proposed pumps and tunneling from the north would help fish populations.

“If the fish are down there, they’ll pump from up here, and they won’t kill as many fish by moving the diversions,” said Reynolds. “We’re not buying it.”

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