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Crosscurrents

What the purchase of some islands in the Delta means for California’s water

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Aerial view of the Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta.

 

The Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta is the state’s biggest water supply, providing water for 25 million people. It’s also the most contested. Northern and Southern Californians have been fighting over who’s entitled to that water for more than a century. Right now, the latest battle is playing out. The largest water supplier in the country—Metropolitan Water District—has made a bid to buy 20 thousand acres of land in the Delta.

NICK STOCKTON: They just have a reputation of trying to get water that people think they don't deserve.

Reporter Nick Stockton covered the issue for Wired magazine. He says the sale could lay the groundwork for the controversial Twin Tunnels project. Nick Stockton sat down with KALW’s Audrey Dilling to explain.

 

Click here to read Nick Stockton's article about the Delta island purchase.