Water attorney and San Joaquin farmers question whether California can force landowners to comply with an environmental survey for a proposed canal that they fear will take away their livelihood.


By Alex Breitler
Record Staff Writer
February 01, 2009 6:00 AM
 
STOCKTON - State water officials are seeking "permission slips" to step onto private land in the Delta for environmental surveys that could clear the way for a peripheral canal.
 
Allowing surveyors on their land would be a bitter pill indeed for Delta farmers, who widely oppose a canal for fear it will rob them of fresh water for their crops.
 
Some farm advocates call the scope of the work excessive, noting that the surveys could include digging pits up to 12 feet deep, drilling holes, netting fish from kayaks or boats and trapping animals.