In a glassy conference room alongside a Sacramento River levee, a committee of 25 people struggled Thursday to do what Californians have never been able to do before: reach agreement on how to drink from the Delta without killing it.
After meeting for four years and spending $140 million, the committee drafting the Bay Delta Conservation Plan aimed Thursday to complete a "Nov. 18 draft" of its progress so far. This odd name for the document reflects the enormous stakes in crafting a plan that meets two goals: restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem and building a pair of tunnels or canal to ferry its water elsewhere.
It is not the final draft that water agencies and the Schwarzenegger administration wanted by this date, nor even the "working draft" they were prepared to settle for. It is enough of a draft, however, to keep environmental groups and Delta residents in the room.
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