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Brown: California's Water System 'Engineered'

Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio

Setting out on a boat on Montezuma Slough in the Suisun Marsh

Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio

California Governor Jerry Brown welcomed representatives from western states to Sacramento today for the Western Governors’ Drought Forum. And Brown took some time to share his thoughts on moving water around California.

The historic drought helped convince California voters to approve a $7.5 billion water bond. Some of that money will be used to build more water storage in the state. And Brown told a room full of people with various needs and interests that the days of free flowing water have passed.

"And there are a lot of people who think engineering water from Point A to Point B is somehow unnatural," he says. "Well, we long ago passed the unnatural in California. We’re almost bordering on the supernatural in the way we move things around and in the way we intervene."

Brown would like to intervene by building two 30 mile tunnels underneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to pump more water to Southern California. The multi-billion dollar project faces strong opposition.