October 31, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - California state water officials have released the revised cost estimates for the massive twin-tunnel system that would carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and begin to restore the delta's fragile habitat.
Water officials said on Wednesday that the total cost of implementing the plan over the 50-year permit term is $24.54 billion. Water users would cover all costs of tunnel construction - $14.5 billion - and tunnel operation - $1.5 billion. They would also pay an additional $1 billion in environmental mitigation costs.
But nearly $8 billion for habitat restoration and other measures to reduce ecological stress would come from state and federal funding, including a water bond proposal approved by the Legislature in 2010 that was postponed because of the recession and other future bonds.
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