The Bay Delta Conservation Plan includes the twin tunnel project to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California.
The plan was supposed to be released for public review in mid-November. But now it won’t be released until mid-December.
The federal agencies that need to review the plan’s environmental documents weren’t able to during the shutdown.
“When you’re not making progress because the federal government has shut down, it adds to the length of time it takes to get the plan to the various milestones and that costs money,” says Nancy Vogel with the California Department of Water Resources.
A month delay will cost public water agencies paying for the project about $2.5 million.
State water contractors had no comment.
So far, the project has cost them about $200 million over the last seven years.