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EPA says California water tunnels plan illegal




A third of Southern California's water comes from the Bay Delta, where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers merge, and where water from the north of the state mixes with water that meets in the San Francisco Bay. Governor Jerry Brown's plan to overhaul the state's water system includes building tunnels under the Sacramento Delta, but the EPA says that is illegal.
A third of Southern California's water comes from the Bay Delta, where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers merge, and where water from the north of the state mixes with water that meets in the San Francisco Bay. Governor Jerry Brown's plan to overhaul the state's water system includes building tunnels under the Sacramento Delta, but the EPA says that is illegal.
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The plan to build a pair of water tunnels under the Sacramento Delta has been a critical part of the governor's plan to overhaul the state's outdated water system.

However the costly project has stirred up plenty of opposition.

Now the Environmental Protection Agency says the project would violate federal law.

Bettina Boxall, who has been writing about this issue for the Los Angeles Times, shares more.