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Manteca leaders: Twin tunnels put water in jeopardy

Coalition response…The concern expressed by Manteca city leaders regarding their water supply is similar to questions raised by others. BDCP officials have repeatedly answered these concerns by stating that the proposed Plan, including the two tunnels, are prevented by California law from negatively impacting existing water rights.

Understanding that the current proposal is not a remake of the 1982 Peripheral Canal is crucial. The current plan offers improvements that did not exist in the canal plan such as the BDCP tunnels will only move 9,000 cubic feet per second of water compared to 21,800 cfs with the Peripheral Canal. Only two fish species, salmon and striped bass, were identified for protection in the canal plan while BDCP includes 214 biological goals and objectives for 57 fish and terrestrial species, their habitat and the Delta ecosystem. Learn more at

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