Governor Newsom scraps multi-billion dollar water tunnel plan

Governor Gavin Newsom is scrapping a $16 billion plan to build two giant tunnels to deliver water to Southern California.

Posted: May 3, 2019 12:36 PM

CALIFORNIA - Governor Gavin Newsom is scrapping a $16 billion plan to build two giant tunnels to deliver water to Southern California.

Instead, he wants to build a single tunnel with a different design and a lower price.

The State Department of Water Resources' announcement on May 2 says that it's withdrawing all existing permit applications for that plan and starting over.

This follows Governor Newsom's remarks in February that he wanted one tunnel.

An agency spokeswoman says the state spent $240 million developing the twin tunnels project.

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