Thursday meeting will air Delta water tunnel plans

04/02/2013 12:00 AM

04/02/2013 7:53 AM

The public is invited Thursday to a meeting in Sacramento on the state's proposal to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan proposes to divert a portion of the Sacramento River using three new intakes and fish screens near Courtland, each nearly a half-mile square.

These would serve two 40-foot-diameter tunnels, built 150 feet underground and running 35 miles from the intakes to existing diversion canals near Tracy.

The plumbing is projected to cost $14 billion, funded by farm and urban water ratepayers who benefit from the water, mostly between San Jose and San Diego.

The plan is led by the California Department of Water Resources, which has released seven draft chapters on the plan.

Thursday's meeting offers an overview of the documents and a chance for the public to ask questions. The meeting is from noon to 6 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake Conference Center, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento.

Staff will be available to answer questions for the entire six-hour period. A formal presentation is from 1 to 5 p.m.

The meeting will be available by live webcast at www.BayDeltaConservation Plan.com, and by conference call at (888) 369-1427, access code 8278112.

The documents are available at the website in downloadable pdf format.

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

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