FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California agency has unanimously adopted a broad, long-range plan to manage the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
The Delta Stewardship Council voted 7-0 on Thursday to approve the final version of the Delta Plan, a blueprint for restoring the delta’s ecosystem and improving water supply reliability.
The plan does not call for specific construction projects, but contains policies and recommendations for managing growth in the delta, reducing reliance on delta water and habitat restoration, among others.
The $14 billion twin tunnel project, which is being developed through a separate initiative, will be incorporated into the plan if the tunnels are approved and permitted.
The delta supplies drinking water for two-thirds of California residents and irrigates about 4 million acres of crops.