California's $24.7 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan that includes construction of a 35-mile twin tunnel to carry water to the parched Central Valley would result in billions in economic activity, while creating "177,000 construction and Delta habitat restoration-related jobs over the project's 50-year life," according to a cost-benefit analysis. The project is being backed by the Westlands Water District, however, critics argue that it would be too costly to develop the project.

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