The State Water Resources Control Board will began public hearings, today, on the controversial California WaterFix. The plan would add three new points of diversion that would move water around the Delta and to pumps near Tracy for transport to southern parts of the state.
Farmers and environmentalists fear the project would mean less water for Central Valley agricultural uses and lessen the health of the Delta’s ecosystem and water quality. Unions and Southern California interests tend to be in favor of the project. Unions argue the project would bring thousands of high-paying jobs.