Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Senate Moves Forward on Peripheral Canal

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 10:09 AM

The California Senate approved a bill last night that could lead to the construction of a controversial peripheral canal around the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. According to the Chron, the senate approved a bill that would create a new state panel with the powers to build the large canal. The canal proposal has engendered a backlash from some environmentalists who argue that the canal would decimate the already collapsing delta fisheries because it would divert fresh river water from it.

The California Senate approved a bill last night that could lead to the construction of a peripheral canal around the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. According to the Chron, the senate approved a bill that would create a new state panel with the powers to build the large and controversial canal. The canal proposal has engendered a backlash from some environmentalists who argue that it would decimate the already collapsing delta fisheries because it would divert fresh river water from it.

The senate also approved a $9.9 billion water bond package, but none of that money would go to building the canal. Instead, Southern California and Central Valley water agencies who would benefit from the canal have said they would pay for its construction.

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