The public is invited to a meeting Wednesday in West Sacramento to learn more about the state's plan to build two massive water diversion tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The meeting will provide an overview of four draft chapters from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan released last week, and a chance for publiccomments and questions. The chapters include an overview of the project, including the tunnels and other new plumbing, proposed modifications to Yolo Bypass and Fremont Weir, and habitat restoration activities.
The conservation plan aims to improve water supply reliability from the Delta and restore habitat to help endangered species, including native fishes such as salmon and Delta smelt.
The proposed tunnels, estimated to cost $14 billion, would divert the Sacramento River from three new intakes near Courtland. The goal is to protect the Delta freshwater supply from natural disasters and protect fish from older diversion facilities in the south Delta near Tracy.
Wednesday's meeting is from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel, 1250 Halyard Dr., West Sacramento. The meeting can also be accessed by live webcast at www.baydeltaconservationplan.com (where the draft chapters are available by download), and by conference call at 888-369-1427, Access Code 8278112. Questions can be emailed to info@BayDeltaConservationPlan.com.
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