In 1960 the State Legislature and Governor Pat Brown took a visionary step forward by approving plans for a vast water infrastructure investment called the State Water Project. It would provide California with a series of reservoirs and conveyance systems that Californians rely upon today.
While this project successfully served the needs of California’s 16 million residents for many decades, it can no longer handle the demands of the 38 million people who call California home today. That’s why I’m pleased the Legislature took action this week to place a $7.5 billion bond on the November ballot. This is an important first step for many reasons.
The most important part of this bond is the funding dedicated to new storage projects in California. This is the first bond in decades that contains funding for statewide water improvement projects that will provide California with more water. The $2.7 billion set aside for new storage should be enough, when matched with federal and local funds, to build two new facilities: Sites Reservoir in Colusa County and Temperance Flat Dam in Fresno County.
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Source: State Senator Bob Huff