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Thu, Jul 26, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Peripheral Tunnel Plan Unveiled


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Protesters of Gov. Brown's tunnel plan demonstrate outside the Capitol in Sacramento.
Craig Miller/KQED
Protesters of Gov. Brown's tunnel plan demonstrate outside the Capitol in Sacramento.

California's already turbulent water wars were stirred up this week when Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar unveiled a $24 billion tunnel plan to bring water from Northern to Southern California. They say the proposal will help protect the fragile ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while ensuring reliable water deliveries. But a coalition of environmentalists, fishing groups and local governments vow to fight the plan.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Paul Rogers, environment reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and managing editor of Quest, KQED's science and environment series
  • Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta
  • Jason Peltier, chief deputy general manager of the Westlands Water District, and a member of the California Farm Water Coalition which serves approximately 600 family-owned farms
  • Karla Nemeth, project director of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, California Natural Resources Agency

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