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MWD Votes Yes

Oct 10, 2017

Metropolitan approves Cal Water Fix

Despite some opposition from Los Angeles, giant Southern California water agency approves Delta tunnels project
 
Southern California’s powerful water agency committed more than $4 billion to the Delta tunnels Tuesday, giving the troubled plan a desperately-needed vote of confidence.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board voted to pay for about a quarter of the tunnels project, Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17.1 billion effort to re-engineer the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and improve water deliveries to south state cities and farms. The vote was 69 percent to 22 percent under Metropolitan’s voting system, which gives more weight to the largest cities, with the rest abstaining.

Sacramento Bee

Southern California water agency approves pitching in $4.3 billion for massive Delta tunnels project:  “Southern California’s largest water agency Tuesday threw a lifeline to California WaterFix, approving a $4.3-billion buy-in to the water delivery project.  The closely watched vote by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board does not ensure the survival of the $17-billion project, which needs significant funding from other urban and agricultural water districts to move forward. … ” Read more from the LA Times here:  Southern California water agency approves pitching in $4.3 billion for massive Delta tunnels project

Metropolitan says yes to the tunnels:  “A behemoth Southern California water agency voted Tuesday to pay its share of the $17 billion Delta tunnels, a decision that keeps the project alive after some San Joaquin Valley farmers earlier gave an emphatic “no.”  The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to move forward with the support of 69 percent of its member agencies. Considering what happened with the farmers, a “no” vote by urban Metropolitan likely would have been disastrous for tunnels supporters.  “It’s a very historic vote, but the journey still has a long way to go,” said Jeff Kightlinger, Metropolitan’s general manager. … ”  Read more from the Stockton Record here:  Metropolitan says yes to the tunnels

$17 Billion Twin Tunnels OK’d By Southern California Water District:The powerful Metropolitan Water District voted Tuesday to pay its share of the $17 billion project to build two massive tunnels to pipe water from Northern California to Southern California cities. … The vote came after spirited comment from supporters who said the project was a modern day fix to improving reliability of water supplies that would also support jobs and critics who said it would inflate water prices for residents and projected it would further harm salmon and endangered fish in the delta. … ” Read more from the AP via KQED here: $17 Billion Twin Tunnels OK’d By Southern California Water District

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