California is the most populous state in the United States. However, it doesn’t seem to have all the necessary means to stay on its own feet. The state needs support from other parties, even for some basic requirements such as water supplies. Nonetheless, Gov. Jerry Brown has just received clearance to apply his plans for two giant water tunnels in California.
The Work for the Two Giant Water Tunnels Will Last Ten Years and Cost $16 Billion
On Monday, the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved the Californian plan to rethink the water system. The costs will expand to a total of $16 billion. However, the U.S. wildlife agency stated that the project would not put in danger more than a dozen species that are under federal protection. Their natural habitat is in the freshwater estuary on the West Coast.
However, this approval is just the first out of a series of clearances this much-awaited project needs in order to start constructions for two 35-mile tunnels. The practical work is expected to take yet another ten years. The main goal and challenge are to suck only part of Sacramento River and turn the remaining into two four-story-high tunnels. These tubes will run below delta with San Joaquin River.
Donald Trump’s Influence Might Have Hurried the Approval for the Project
These constructions are essential to provide a reliable supply of water for tens of millions of citizens and farms. The new source will serve most of Southern and Central California. However, the opposition to this project is strong enough because of the wildlife it would endanger.
There are already some species of salmon that have been struggling for decades because of state’s dependency on delta waters. There are other local species that might be impacted too harshly by these endeavors.
The sudden approval of these two giant water tunnels might be an influence of the election of President Donald Trump. He previously stated that he supports such type of projects, especially for water sources for Central California.
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