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Without Westlands, What's Next For California's "Twin Tunnels" Water Project?

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The Westlands Water District is the largest irrigation district in the state

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.

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. His stories have run on Morning Edition, Morning Edition Saturday, Morning Edition Sunday, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Salt, Latino USA, KQED, KALW, Harvest Public Radio, etc.
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