The California Senate passed a bill on Friday to revamp the state's water system in an effort to reduce use by 20% by 2020. The bill would provide for more careful monitoring of the state's water use, but its most contentious proposal is the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The construction of a 49-mile canal, slated to begin in 2012 if the plan is passed, would protect endangered species by navigating around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

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