Southern California water district is new owner of 20,000 acres of California Delta

: centralvalleybusinesstimes – excerpt

Could pave the way for governor’s tunnels
“An existential threat to the future of the Delta and Delta communities”

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is buying 20,000 acres in the heart of the California Delta near Stockton.

The district says it could use the four islands for fish and wildlife habitat, but it could also use the land to help pave the way for the massive, $68 billion water tunnel scheme touted by Gov. Edmund Brown Jr.

Metropolitan would be the major beneficiary of the twin tunnels that would siphon comparatively clean water out of the Sacramento River before it could flow into the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, also called the California Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast of the hemisphere…

“It is troubling for the Delta region that Metropolitan Water District is going to acquire such a significant portion of Delta land and Delta water rights,” says Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, a group opposed to the tunnels.

“They have the resources to change law and policies statewide to maximize their access to Delta water in their favor. They will own two islands that are directly in the path of the proposed Delta Tunnels project, eliminating eminent domain concerns for that portion of tunnels construction. We believe that having MWD as a neighbor is an existential threat to the future of the Delta and Delta communities,” she says… (more)

Is this in addition to the islands they were planning to purchase near Bethel Island?

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