Central Valley Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, on Wednesday declared his opposition to state plans for a peripheral canal to suck water out of the Sacramento River and convey it around the Delta to users south of the Delta.

His opposition is believed to be the first by a member of Congress to the latest iteration of the peripheral canal, a plan that was rejected by California voters in 1982.

In remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday, Mr. McNerney said he supported efforts by landowners in the Delta area who are fighting attempts by the state to conduct surveys and studies without permission on private land.


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