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Brown talks up Delta tunnels

Coalition response…Gov. Brown’s assurances of protecting water rights of those in the Sacramento Valley follows the California Water Code, which states that no new project may negatively impact existing water rights. Whether those water rights are up north or in the Delta makes no difference. The law protects any water right that exists today.

The financing plan for the tunnels calls for those who benefit from the project to pay the cost. This beneficiary pays approach means that water users pay the costs of the project associated with water supply. Public funds expended for the project are related to the benefits received by the public.

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