For decades, California leaders have talked about building a canal that would ferry fresh water from Northern California around the environmentally sensitive Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and deliver it to Southern California.

And for decades, the debate has raged over what originally was dubbed the peripheral canal. The name has since changed, but the arguments remain the same.

Farmers in the delta worry that their supplies of fresh water used to irrigate crops will be siphoned off. NorthernCalifornia farmers say they're concerned that their long-standing water rights—some as old as 100 years—will be userped.

Those who farm south of the delta say something needs to be done to ensure a stable water supply. Because of environmental court rulings in the past few years, they say they have had to idle more than 200,000 acres of crop land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

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