Sacramento, CA – As directed by Governor Newsom, the California Natural Resources Agency today announced that the California Department of Water Resources plans to cease pursuit of permits for a twin tunnel conveyance project and instead advance a single-tunnel conveyance project for the Sacramento San Joaquin Bay Delta. The Newsom Administration recognizes that conveyance is a critical part of a forward-thinking, portfolio approach to managing California’s water supply, ensuring climate resiliency and protection against seismic risks.
“We’re grateful that the Newsom Administration recognizes that a modern, conveyance solution in the Delta that moves forward now is a necessary part of the equation — ensuring that California’s water supply management is responsive to the imminent impacts of climate change and devastating threats of earthquake. California now has a renewed sense of urgency to advance the design and planning of a tunnel project that addresses what we’ve all known for decades: the status quo is completely unacceptable.
The State Water Contractors have developed successful local and regional projects to diversify and build out our water supply, but these projects are not a replacement for a statewide solution that will create a more resilient and sustainable California. We need to do it all, and we stand by the Newsom Administration in its commitment and dedication to implementing a multi-faceted solution that includes a Delta tunnel.”
State Water Contractors
The State Water Contractors is a statewide, non-profit association of 29 public agencies from Northern, Central and Southern California that purchase water under contract from the California State Water Project. Collectively the State Water Contractors deliver water to more than 27 million residents throughout the state and more than 750,000 acres of agricultural land. For more information on the State Water Contractors, please visit www.swc.org.