By Steve Large

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The war over water in California’s Delta is taking a new turn as Gov. Jerry Brown announced changes to environmental restoration plans he says will fast-track the project.

Declaring “The very fabric of a modern California is at stake,” Brown laid out his plan for spending $15 billion on 30-mile tunnels. The new plan scales back the environmental restoration from 100,000 acres and $8 billion to 30,000 acres and $300 million.

Opponents of the plan who want more Delta protections met following the governor’s announcement.

“We’re going to be left with piles of tunnel left in the delta, and were going to be exporting half the Sacramento River, out of the delta to unsustainable agriculture down the I-5 corridor for almonds to be shipped to China,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla with Restore The Delta.