California farming district considers funding giant water tunnels

Farmers in the nation's largest irrigation district are considering whether to sign on to California's biggest water project in a half-century.

The Westland Water District is meeting Tuesday in Fresno for a possible vote on its participation in Gov. Jerry Brown's $16 billion twin tunnels project.

The district in the fertile San Joaquin Valley is a key player in plans to reengineer the state's water system for moving Northern California water to points south.

No water districts so far have committed to paying.

It's unclear whether the Westlands board will take a firm stand, or postpone its vote because of the high cost.

The district supports a newly disclosed funding plan that would spread the cost out over dozens of water agencies and millions of families.

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