Coming soon: Tunnels news

As this piece in the Sacramento Bee reports, things are going to start happening quickly on the Delta tunnels front.

Biological opinions describing the project’s possible effects on fish and wildlife may be finished by June 9, according to information presented at a recent Metropolitan Water District of Southern California committee meeting. The opinions are critical to allowing the tunnels to move forward.

Separately, the agencies that would receive water from the tunnels must soon decide whether they’re worth paying for. On Aug. 14, a Metropolitan committee is expected to discuss a potential financing and cost allocation plan, which could then go before the water agency’s entire board on Aug. 22 and theoretically be voted on Sept. 12.

A Metropolitan official told committee members last week that there has been an “increased intensity” of meetings in Sacramento over the question of how to allocate the $15 billion cost.

Here we go. Buckle up.

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