Gov. Jerry Brown plans to build two water tunnels to central and Southern California, the state’s biggest water projects in the coming decades.
The cost of the project has ballooned to $17 billion. According to the L.A. Times, who should fund the massive project has become a contentious issue among water districts across the state.
And then there’s the environmental question. Many water agencies in Southern California, the main beneficiaries, support the planned tunnels. Opponents fear the tunnels will pose a threat to species upstream and produce unintended environmental damage.
Host Larry Mantle checks in on the latest economic ramification and environmental impact of the water tunnels.
Bettina Boxall, LA Times reporter covering water issues and the environment who’s been following the story
Jeff Kightlinger, general manager and chief executive officer for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; he tweets @8thGenCA