Pipeline project for delta canals gets approval

FRESNO — A plan to connect state and federal canals to improve the reliability of water deliveries across the San Joaquin Valley and beyond has received environmental approval.

The $34 million Intertie Project would connect the Delta Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct using a 500-foot underground pipe and pumps.

Michelle Denning of the Bureau of Reclamation says the tie-in approved Dec. 22 would give the federal water system more capacity to fill the San Luis Reservoir near Los Banos.

It also would allow officials to deliver more water than they currently can when pumps that draw water south from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are in operation.