California water project heads to state high court

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The California Bay Delta (Photo credit: CalWater)

The California Bay Delta (Photo credit: CalWater)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court is set to decide if the state must buy thousands of acres of private property to perform preliminary tests for two massive water tunnels planned in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the court has agreed to hear the issue at the request of the California Department of Water Resources. The agency is locked in a dispute with 150 property owners, who say the state must get their permission before coming onto their land.

State officials say they don’t want to buy land just to do geological and environmental testing for the tunnels, which are in the early planning stages.

The tunnels are part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to send water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to farms and communities in Central and Southern California.

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