Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2012
They have fought for years over water management in California's sensitive Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Now these longtime foes have managed to agree on a variety of short-term projects to help the estuary.
The Coalition to Support Near Term Delta Projects has met quietly for the past six months. With help from the Center for Collaborative Policy at Sacramento State University, the group managed to agree on 43 projects supported by all participants, from water titans like the Westlands Water District to local levee maintenance agencies in the Delta itself.
"It's pretty remarkable," said Tom Zuckerman, an attorney for the Central Delta Water Agency, which serves a number of major property owners in the Delta. "I know some of these projects will get done. It's just a question of how far the existing funding goes."
Zuckerman and other key participants presented the coalition's project list today at a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Delta Stewardship and Sustainability.
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