Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Footing the bill

Millions of Californians may be on hook for water plan

A waterway along Route 4 in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, right outside of Stockton. KATE FALKENBERG / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Mercury News / AP & Los Angeles Times

Water districts and households across California could be compelled to help pay for Gov. Jerry Brown's plans to build two giant tunnels to ferry water to cities and farms mainly in central and Southern California, under newly disclosed plans to shore up funding for the struggling $16 billion project. Some of the state's biggest water districts are about to make their opening moves in a financial chess game that ultimately could saddle the Southland with much of the bill for re-engineering California's water system.

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Old DWP tunnel could help with Sierra water glut

KPCC Pasadena

A nearly century-old water tunnel that's been idle for decades is being resurrected by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to carry water from the overflowing Los Angeles Aqueduct to store underground for future use. The city lacked the pipes to transfer water from the aqueduct to a spreading ground in Pacoima. That's where the $3.3 million rehabilitation of the Maclay Highline comes in.

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Water managers seek certainty in Colorado Basin

Vail Daily

Bringing more certainty to an unruly and unpredictable Colorado River system was a common theme among water managers speaking at the Colorado River District's annual seminar Friday. Although the drought that has gripped much of the Colorado River basin for the past 16 years has eased up a bit, population growth and the long dry spell have pushed the river's supplies to the limit, with every drop of water in the system now accounted for.

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