Valley gets money to link key canals

The federal government will provide $20.7 million to complete a project that will link state and federal canals in the San Joaquin Valley.

The new funding comes from the federal stimulus package and was announced Tuesday by Reps. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, and Jim Costa, D-Fresno.

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

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it is scheduled to start delivering water through the intertie in fall 2011.