Governor Brown is expected to announce today that the state is dramatically reducing the amount of fish and wildlife habitat it plans to preserve in connection to the $25 billion twin-tunnels project under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
California Department of Fish and Game Director Chuck Bonham told The Associated Press Wednesday that the project now calls for restoring 30,000 acres for wetland and wildlife habitat - down from 100,000 acres.
The original environmental improvements were projected to cost $8 billion, and officials said the new plans to be announced Thursday will cost about $300 million. The plan immediately drew criticism from environmental and conservation groups.
With files from Association Press
Chelsea Tu, staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, where she works on limiting land development and preserving freshwater resources for the public and endangered species
Jason Peltier, Deputy General Manager at Westlands Water District, which provides water supply to its landowners and water users