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Seventeen Northern California agencies, including Sacramento city and county, have signed on to letter to lawmakers slamming the water legislation currently under negotiation.

My colleague E.J. Schultz has the full scoop over the Fresno Bee's news blog. Here's an excerpt from the letter, which was sent yesterday:

"We ask that the Legislature withhold and oppose any vote on a water package until, in addition to addressing the need for a reliable water supply for the entire state, it assures that there are no redirected impacts to the Delta and Northern California and sufficient protections are in place to protect Northern California's and the Delta's water supplies," the letter reads.

The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee is scheduled to hold an informational hearing on the bills in the works Wednesday at 10 a.m. The Senate is also expected to hold hearings next week, and both houses could reconvene to vote on a deal as early as Monday, Oct. 26.


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