Public forum set for Wednesday on water diversion tunnels

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013 - 7:10 am

The public is invited to a meeting in Sacramento on Wednesday to learn more about Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The meeting will focus on the last round of draft project chapters, released in May. The highlight of these documents is Chapter 8, which outlines anticipated project costs and funding sources.

The project, officially known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, has been in development for seven years.

It proposes two massive water tunnels, each 40 feet in diameter and 35 miles long. These would divert a portion of the Sacramento River's flow, using three new intakes on the river near Courtland, and deliver it to existing state and federal pump systems near Tracy.

Wednesday's meeting is from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento. Staff will be available from noon to 6 p.m. to answer questions.

Contact The Bee's Matt Weiser at (916) 321-1264. Follow him on Twitter @matt_weiser.

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