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Pricey tunnel sparks talk of water sales

 •  by Lois Henry
The California Aqueduct hauls water south from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Los Angeles. This photo is looking south off of Lokern Road in western Kern County. CREDIT: Lois Henry

Getting water through a tunnel under  the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta would be pricey.

So pricey, some Kern County water districts were looking for an “off-ramp” by potentially selling their main state water supply out of the county.

The request was shot down at a special meeting on Nov. 6 by the Kern County Water Agency, which holds the contract for state water on behalf of 13 area water districts.

That denial could jeopardize funding from Kern water districts for the proposed tunnel, known as the Delta Conveyance.

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