Public meeting today on Delta water tunnels

03/20/2013 12:00 AM

03/20/2013 7:47 AM

The public is invited to a meeting today in West Sacramento to learn about a plan for two massive water diversion tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The meeting provides an overview of four draft chapters from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan released last week, and a chance for public comments and questions.

The chapters describe tunnels, modifications to the Yolo Bypass and Fremont Weir, and habitat restoration activities.

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 existing diversion facilities near Tracy.

Today's meeting is scheduled from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel, 1250 Halyard Drive.

The meeting is also available via live webcast at www.baydeltaconservation plan.com (where the draft chapters can be downloaded), and by conference call at (888) 369-1427, access code 8278112. Questions can be sent via email to info@BayDeltaConservationPlan.com.

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

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