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No matter what you call it, it’s still the bad peripheral canal 

Coalition response…The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and its proposed tunnels are very different than the 1982 peripheral canal. The capacity to transfer water through the BDCP tunnels is only 9,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) while the peripheral canal had a capacity of 21,800 cfs. Learn more about the differences by reviewing the facts at It is also important to understand that people in other parts of the state have water rights and long-term contracts to a portion of water that originates in Northern California. They are simply working on a plan that will reliably deliver the water that they once received but that water is now constrained by ineffective biological opinions that limit the delivery of the water. The BDCP is about protecting existing water rights, fixing the Delta ecosystem, and providing water to drive California’s trillion-dollar economy.

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