H-CENTRAL VALLEY

Mar 27, 2013 2:07 PM by Associated Press

Calif. releases next part of plan to restore delta

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - California water officials have released the next part of a $23 billion plan to restore and protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and guarantee a stable water supply for millions of Californians.

The plan's three new chapters - released Wednesday by the California Resources Agency - describe how the project would affect the ecosystem and threatened species.

They also disclose when specific conservation measures would go into effect and how the massive undertaking would be managed.

The project, referred to as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, includes Gov. Jerry Brown's $14 billion twin-tunnel proposal. The 35-mile-long twin tunnels would carry water south to cities and farms. The tunnels' costs would be covered by water contractors.

The plan also calls for creation of more than 100,000 acres of new fish habitat.

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