$13B Calif. Water Tunnel Plan Not Worth Price, Study Says

Law360, New York (July 13, 2012, 5:21 PM ET) -- A controversial $13 billion proposal to build tunnels under a California delta to convey water to farms and urban agencies is not economically or financially justified, according to a University of the Pacific cost-benefit analysis released Thursday.

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which seeks to build tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, would cost about 2.5 times more than any economic benefits reaped from the tunnels, such as improving water supply and quality, preserving endangered fish, and reducing earthquake risks to areas served by export...
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