Delta Tunnel Project Under Scrutiny as Hearings Begin

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An aerial view of the San Joaquin/Sacramento River delta. (Photo: California Department of Water Resources)

Public hearings began Tuesday on Governor Jerry Brown's $14.9 billion proposal to construct two 35 -mile tunnels below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Supporters say the project, officially named "California WaterFix," will stabilize water delivery across the state. But opponents argue the tunnels are too costly and will harm the estuary. We'll get an update on the controversial project.

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Jay Lund, director, Center for Watershed Sciences at the UC Davis; adjunct fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center

John Laird, secretary, California Natural Resources Agency

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director, Restore the Delta