Saturday, August 29, 2009

Water Bond

One hopes this bond discussion—as reported by Capital Weekly—forms into a bill that includes the much needed elements of building additional dams for water storage and a canal to move water from the water rich north to the water poor valleys south, and includes stringent requirements for all Californians to be as thrifty with their water as possible without harming the economy or food production.

An excerpt.

“A plan to get voter approval on $11.7 billion in new water projects that include reservoirs, Delta environmental protections and even a massive canal is under consideration in the Capitol, the latest in a series of proposals targeting California's water problems.

“The plan - not yet in the form of a bill - would place a bond issue before voters in November 2010. It is being pushed by Assemblymember Anna Caballero, D-Salinas.

“Lawmakers in both parties and the governor have been attempting to negotiate a water package that includes new storage and greater deliveries of water into the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta east of San Francisco and to the San Joaquin Valley and Central California. They also are considering the construction of a canal to carry water from the Sacramento River in the north around the Delta to the California Aqueduct, which would move the water southward.

“Some environmentalists oppose the proposal as harmful to the Delta, and Delta interests are fearful of being frozen out of the discussions.”