FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A California agency is set to adopt a broad, long-range plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and provide a reliable water supply to cities and farms.
The Delta Stewardship Council will vote Thursday on whether to approve the final version of the Delta Plan.
The plan contains 14 policies and 70-plus recommendations, including mandating that new urban development be located only within those areas of a city or county already designated for growth. Another policy requires water users to reduce reliance on the delta through projects such as water recycling, storm water capture, or storage.
The $14 billion twin tunnel project, which is being developed through a separate initiative, will be incorporated into the plan if the tunnels are approved and permitted.
The delta supplies drinking water for two-thirds of California residents and irrigates about 4 million acres of crops.