Another of Brown's big-picture projects -- a now $25-billion proposal to ship water from the north to the south of the state -- is getting push-back from the delta region and conservationists. The goal, according to the Sacramento Bee, is to "simultaneously improve wildlife habitat and stabilize water supplies from the estuary, a source of water for 25 million people and 3 million acres of farmland from San Jose to San Diego." The ambitious and expensive project envisions huge tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that would divert a portion of the water flow. But increasingly, critics worry about the price tag of a project that, as state Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) told The Times, "pits region against region"; they are urging a "more affordable, less divisive ... path forward." And the state of the state's water remains on the front burner. Amid California's driest year on record, The Times wrote, the governor officially declared a drought emergency: "We ought to be ready for a long, continued, persistent effort to restrain our water use," Brown said, adding that conservation efforts would be voluntary.
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