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Metropolitan Water District CEO claims Delta tunnels are not a done deal

Gov. Edmund Brown Jr.’s biggest legacy – an underground Peripheral Canal – is not really a done deal, claims one of the most powerful executives in California water.

Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, said that the massive twin water tunnels project the governor envisions to pipe fresh water away from the Delta to buyers in Southern California and the western San Joaquin Valley is not yet final. “Our Board has not voted and said, ‘We’re ready, willing and able to spend money to build these tunnels,’” Mr. Kightlinger told a forum sponsored by the Sacramento Bee.