From The Oakland Tribune:

San Joaquin County’s half-century hunt for water from the American River may end with a proverbial death in the desert.

State officials have rejected the county’s request to divert water from that river up north. The state says San Joaquin has dragged its feet, failed to complete reports on time and did not resolve protests filed by outside parties.

The county will formally ask the State Water Resources Control Board to reconsider, an official said last week. The water is needed to help fill the proposed Duck Creek Reservoir northeast of Linden and to reverse a chronic decline in groundwater.

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