Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Governor Tours Delta

He is keeping on top of the issue, very good to see.

In Delta stop, governor orders screens for fish
By Kevin Yamamura - Bee Capitol Bureau
Published 12:00 am PDT Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday promoted state actions to improve the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta after taking a brief tour of Twitchell Island along the estuary.

The Republican governor directed the state Department of Water Resources to install fish screens at two islands to protect Delta smelt, a threatened species. He also called for the restoration of habitat at Cache Slough in the north Delta and for increased stockpiles of materials to protect against levee failure, among other actions.

The efforts will cost an estimated $28 million, Water Resources Deputy Director Jerry Johns said. The state will tap funds from Proposition 84 and the State Water Project.

Schwarzenegger also called for using more than $120 million in future bond funds to pay for additional Delta restoration and studies. But he downplayed his short-term solutions on the same day he promoted them, focusing more on a $5.9 billion bond plan to build new water storage and a possible canal around the Delta.