Lawsuit Challenges California’s $16 Billion Move to Fund Delta Tunnel Project

Center for Biological Diversity

Five environmental groups sued the California Department of Water Resources today for adopting a resolution approving the issuance of the Delta Program Revenue Bonds.

The bonds could raise $16 billion, or more, for planning and building the massive Delta tunnel project, which would divert billions of gallons of water from the environmentally sensitive San Joaquin Delta and convey it south. The project is the Newsom administration’s proposed replacement for the twin-tunnel California WaterFix project.

Today’s lawsuit, filed in state court in Sacramento by the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Planning and Conservation League, Restore the Delta and Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, challenges the department’s approval of Delta tunnel funding without first conducting any review under the California Environmental Quality Act.

“The single tunnel project would have devastating consequences for the Delta,” said Bob Wright, an attorney for the Sierra Club. “The state can’t afford to continue throwing money away on this unsustainable pipe dream.”

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