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Bay Area water district votes for downsized delta tunnels

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Bridge across the Sacramento River at Isleton


Governor Brown’s plan to build tunnels under the Delta suffered another setback when the Santa Clara Valley Water district decided it would only fund the project if it is scaled back.

The currently proposed project — called WaterFix — would essentially divert water from the Sacramento River into two huge tunnels, which would deliver water to Central and Southern California, and some parts of the Bay Area. Earlier this summer two federal agencies gave it a green light. But the final approval rests with all of the water agencies across the state that would pay for it — and get the water.  


KALW’s energy and Environment reporter Angela Johnston has more on what Santa Clara's decision means for the state and the Bay Area.


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This story originally aired on October 18, 2017.