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Delta water diversion plan unveiled; opponents rally
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Brown and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior announced their support of a $23.7 billion conveyance system to transport Sacramento River water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Southern California.

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) calls for twin tunnels to carry the water about 35 miles around the delta to cut reliance on huge pumps in Tracy in the event of an earthquake disrupting the current system. Another argument is less pumping will reduce fish kills.

The proposal also calls for the restoration of more than 100,000 acres of floodplains and tidal marshes.

The conveyance project is akin to the peripheral canal voters said no to in 1982.

Politicians, environmentalists, farmers, fishermen and others held a news conference to convey their opposition to BCDP at the State Capitol following the announcement.

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