Proposed peripheral canal would cut east of Delta

February 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Details are emerging about a proposed peripheral canal to divert Sacramento River water south around the Delta, including a route that would take it east through San Joaquin County. The canal proposal seeks to protect endangered fish species while providing a water supply to farmers in the San Joaquin Valley and municipalities in Southern California.

Documents drafted by the Bay Delta Conservation Plan committee call for a canal that could receive up to 15,000 cubic feet per second from five locations -- enough to fill an Olympic-sized pool in six seconds. The canal plan voters defeated in the 1980s would have carried 21,000 cubic feet per second.

Opponents fear diverting water would turn the freshwater estuary into a swamp.

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