Drills to test idea of Delta tunnel

Alex Breitler, Stockton Record, 7/12/10

The Delta will be poked and prodded again starting next month, as the state drills hundreds of holes into river bottoms, banks and islands.

The goal: to learn more about building a 43-mile tunnel to take much of California’s water supply from the estuary.

Meanwhile, 160 new letters were sent Thursday to Delta property owners, seeking permission to access their lands for drilling and other survey work. Many similar requests already have been denied, spurring an ongoing legal fight.

The drilling is part of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, an effort to secure the state’s water while also restoring tens of thousands of acres of wetland habitat in the Delta.

Read the drilling plan at http://tinyurl.com/29jskrb

To comment by July 31,

e-mail Michelle Beachley at mbeachle@water.ca.gov, or write to Beachley at:

Department of Water Resources, Division of Environmental Services

PO Box 942836

 Sacramento, CA 94236-0001


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