“It’s kinder, gentler,” Gary Kremen, a member of the biggest water board for Silicon Valley, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, said of the one-tunnel version. The district was one of the few big ones in Northern California to look hard at joining in the tunnels.
Supporters also hope the trimmed-down project will have a better chance of winning approval before the 79-year-old governor leaves office in January. The single tunnel still would be California’s biggest water project in decades.
The state put the cost of the single tunnel at $10.7 billion, all to be paid by water districts that use the supply.
California water districts had balked at the $16 billion cost of the two tunnels, stalling that version by late last year.