Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to push through a plan to build a peripheral canal around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to siphon fresh water out of the Sacramento River before it enters the Delta and ship it to San Joaquin Valley farmers and Los Angeles, says the group Restore the Delta.

The outline of the plan was relayed Thursday in a phone call by Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird and on Wednesday by Department of Water Resources Deputy Director Jerry Meral in a phone call to the Five Delta County Coalition, according to Restore the Delta.

But a spokesman for Mr. Meral says he knows nothing about such a call and a spokesman for Mr. Laird flatly denies any decision has been made.

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