Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, introduced a bill last night that would require legislative approval of any future plans to construct a peripheral canal around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The bill, AB 13 7X, would also require that the Legislative Analyst's Office conduct a full fiscal analysis of the project.
Language in the water bills currently under negotiation does not explicitly call for the construction of a canal to carry water from the Delta to other parts of the state. But a proposed delta council could incorporate the canal into its plans -- if it meets environmental standards. Several large water agencies that favor the canal and promise to pay for it have signed off on the plan. Key environmentalists are also on board, saying the council will provide checks and balances to canal planning. Delta residents fear the plan will pave the way for a canal.
Click here to download a PDF of the Huber bill.