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Changes Proposed to Multi-Billion Dollar Water Project

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Updated: 8/15/2013 10:28 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water officials are proposing changes to a multi-billion-dollar plan for two water diversion tunnels for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin tells the Sacramento Bee he is hopeful the planned changes show officials are serious about doing their best to reduce impacts to Delta residents.

The proposals include moving the tunnels farther east, away from two towns, and reducing the size of a water storage reservoir from 750 acres to 10 acres.

More of the dirt and chemicals removed while drilling the tunnels would also be deposited on state-owned land as opposed to private land.

The changes are expected to be unveiled on Thursday.

Critics are raising concerns that one of the tunnels will now run under land intended to preserve wildlife habitat.

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