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.
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