Last week was a bad one for one of California Governor Jerry Brown’s biggest priorities – the project known as California WaterFix. The board of the Westlands Water District voted 7-1 to reject a proposal to participate in, and help pay for the $16 billion twin tunnel project. That vote has left many asking whether the project has a future.
The plan involves building two tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to improve the reliability of water deliveries to farms and cities. Instead of pumping water out of the delta to send south, the tunnels would take water from the north under the environmentally sensitive estuary, and send it to San Joaquin Valley farmers, as well as Southern California cities. Valley Public Radio's Ezra David Romero joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the vote, and what it means for the future of the project.