Gov. Jerry Brown set to unveil scaled-back delta conservation plan

Los Angeles Times
29 April 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to announce Thursday that the state is substantially trimming the amount of fish and wildlife habitat it plans to restore in connection with a controversial project to replumb the heart of California’s water system.

This month, state water officials said they were overhauling a proposal to construct two massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and restore more than 100,000 acres of delta habitat.

Among the changes that Brown is expected to detail at an Oakland news conference is the decision to move ahead with just 30,000 acres of habitat work in the next 3.5 years.

“It represents a shift from the aspirational … to something that is more realistic and has actual dollars behind it,” Carl Wilcox, delta policy advisor to the director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said Wednesday.

The acreage of the revised project was reported earlier by the Associated Press.

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