That’s where the San Joaquin Farm Bureau has issues, Blodgett said.
The project would idle 146,000 to 150,000 acres of farmland and would actually worsen water quality in the delta by diverting fresh-water flows from the north, he said.
Even though the project would make more water available to farmers south of the delta, Blodgett said it would be so expensive that most couldn’t afford it.
In fact, he said San Diego County water authorities have softened project support because its water price approaches that of desalination.
This is a debate that undoubtedly will continue for years to come, and we’ll see if history repeats itself or if state leaders actually learn a lesson by studying past mistakes.
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