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State Comes to Fresno with $25 Billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Posted on the 13 January 2014 by Jim Winburn @civicbeebuzz

0113_newswire_water_w100_res72 FRESNO – After seven years of work, the plan to fix California’s biggest water problem is 34,000 pages long — roughly 24 times the size of “War and Peace.” And it does not read like a novel.

It’s the highly technical Bay Delta Conservation Plan. To help people understand it, state leaders are appearing in a dozen cities, starting this week in Fresno. Released in mid-December, the plan will be available for comment until April 14.

The $25 billion plan is a high-stakes blueprint to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a vital water supply hub that continues in ecological decline. The plan features two large water tunnels and habitat restoration to protect many species of animals.

The Fresno meeting will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the downtown Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center. The next meeting will be Thursday in Bakersfield.

There will be no presentation or panel. State water leaders say the meeting is an open house where people can personally approach experts at informal exhibits and ask questions.

Full story by Mark Grossi at fresnobee.com.

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