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California starts decisive year on governor's water tunnels

The California governor's quest to build two giant water tunnels is now in the hands of state regulators, who face key decisions this year.

Brown yearns to build two 35-mile long tunnels to carry water from Northern California to the parched central and southern California.

Opponents and supporters squared off Thursday at Water Resources Control Board meeting.

Supporters say the tunnels will guarantee an earthquake-resistant water supply for millions of Californians. Opponents say the tunnels jeopardize the environments of the San Francisco Bay and Northern California's ecologically sensitive San Joaquin Delta.

The state board is one of several state and federal agencies slated to make fateful decisions regarding the $17 billion project. The board is mulling whether to slow their decision-making process until key design and environmental reports are completed.

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