Sep 08, 2017
Federal audit shows the government improperly used funds to help plan for California's proposed massive water tunnels
A federal agency left taxpayers on the hook for $50 million in water project costs that should have been paid by Central Valley irrigation districts, according to an inspector general’s report released Friday.
The audit found that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation engaged in a shell game, improperly subsidizing the irrigation districts’ share of planning costs for a controversial proposal to build two massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The reclamation bureau “obtained this $50 million over a 7-year span by using a complex, obscure process that was not disclosed in the annual congressional budget justifications,” stated the report by the inspector general of the U.S. Interior Department.