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Dec 9, 2013 6:51 PM by Associated Press

$24.7B water plan unveiled by Calif. officials

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Water officials have released a draft cSAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Water officials have released a draft copy of a $24.7 billion plan to restore the opy of a $24.7 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in part by building two 30-mile tunnels to ensure stable water delivery to millions of Californians.

The joint federal and state Bay Delta Conservation Plan and environmental impact analysis released Monday includes plans for building the tunnels and completing significant habitat restoration work to improve the delivery of mountain snowmelt to Central Valley farms and cities throughout the state.

At the heart of the plan are the twin tunnels with a 9,000-cubic-feet-per-second capacity that would replace the delta's current pumping system that endangers fish and other wildlife.

But critics of the plan say it would actually harm fish and agriculture by siphoning off more water from the estuary.

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