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Recent California Water News


Kern Says Yes

Oct 12, 2017

Group of San Joaquin farmers says they’re willing to pay for the Delta tunnels

A bloc of San Joaquin farmers tentatively endorsed the Delta tunnels project Thursday, becoming the first significant agricultural group to support the struggling plan.

But the level of support from members of the Kern County Water Agency, which serves much of the $7 billion-a-year farm economy at the southern end of the valley, was less than wholehearted. An estimated 48.5 percent of the agency's water users said they're interested in helping pay for the tunnels, which works out to about $1 billion in financial support.

Sacramento Bee

Kern County Water Agency opts to support Brown's Water Fix: “The Kern County Water Agency has voted to participate in the California WaterFix project, potentially saving one of Gov. Jerry Brown's two legacy projects: the Delta tunnels.  California WaterFix would upgrade the state’s outdated water system and maintain a reliable source of water for 25 million Californians and more than three million acres of farmland in the Bay Area, Central Valley and Southern California, according to a news release issued by California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird. … ”  Read more from the Bakersfield Californian here:  Kern County Water Agency opts to support Brown’s Water Fix

Kern County agency votes to help fund Delta water delivery system:  “In a small step forward for California WaterFix, a major San Joaquin Valley irrigation district on Thursday tentatively endorsed a partial investment in the water-delivery project.  With virtually no discussion, the board of the Kern County Water Agency approved a letter to the state saying that the agency was interested in pursuing a 6.5% share in the $17-billion project, which after a decade of planning is going through a crucial funding stage. ... ”  Read more from the LA Times here:  Kern County agency votes to help fund Delta water delivery system