Sacramento mayor, city manager oppose Delta water tunnels

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Sacramento mayor, city manager oppose Delta water tunnels

By Ryan Lillis

Originally published on July 16, 2013

Mayor Kevin Johnson and City Manager John Shirey both expressed their opposition today to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to build giant tunnels that would divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to farms and cities in Central and Southern California.

Speaking at a groundbreaking event for a new water treatment plant north of downtown, the mayor said he expressed his opposition directly to Brown during a recent meeting with the governor and mayors of the state’s big cities. Johnson expressed concerns over the tunnels’ impact on the region’s water supply and habitat.

“For us, we want to be good stewards,” the mayor said. “I’m going to speak out any chance I get.”

Shirey said the plan is moving “without any collaboration with the city of Sacramento.”
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