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Opposition To Governor’s Water Conservation Plan Grows

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— As the slow roll-out of California Governor Jerry Brown’s state-water plan continues to be unveiled, opposition to the plan grows. On Wednesday officials released information for The Bay Delta Conservation Plan that would divert water for the state around the Delta through a pair of pipes.

Santa Clara Valley Water District Chairman Beau Goldie supports the plan, saying the valley gets 55 percent of its water from the Sierra.

“It’s critical that these imported water supplies be maintained not only to meet the annual drinking water, but also to sustain the county’s groundwater base,” he said.

Officials emphasized that it’s only part of the solution to California’s water woes, and that conservation efforts also need to be employed.

However, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla with Restore the Delta doesn’t buy it.

“If you create the new water that’s needed in California through conservation and recycling and if you actually reduce water taken from the delta, you don’t need to build a tunnel,” she said.

According to state officials, the project is expected to cost $24.5 billion over its 50-year implementation.

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