An aerial photo from 2013 shows the region to be affected by the Delta water tunnels and intakes near Walnut Grove. | Randall Benton Sacramento Bee file
Water & Drought
By David Siders and Ryan Sabalow
July 11, 2015
- Wealthy Stockton-area farmer’s initiative expected to qualify for 2016 ballot
- Measure would force vote on some projects costing more than $2 billion
- Initiative backers have poured $2 million into effort, alarming tunnels proponents
Amid long-standing controversy surrounding Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south, one advantage the project appeared to hold was that Brown could forge ahead without a public vote.