SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California’s largest water supplier has been cleared to buy sprawling farmland in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that could be used to help build twin water tunnels.
The Sacramento Bee reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/29hu1tr ) that Metropolitan Water District can move ahead with the $175 million purchase, despite ongoing court challenges.
A state appeals court lifted a temporary stay that had stalled the sale.
Metropolitan says it might use the land east of San Francisco to store earth and equipment from a massive tunnel project backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to send delta water south.
Officials in San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties sued, saying the deal should first undergone environmental studies. Metropolitan says it hasn’t committed to any plans.
The purchase may proceed as the lawsuit plays out in court.