Plan to Solve CA's Water Shortage Problems Offered

Davis and Babbit to release plans with extensive details; many options would require extensive environmental review.

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June 8, 2000, 7:32 AM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

California Governor Gray Davis and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit will release Friday a plan to solve California's most severe water shortage problems. The plan has been under development for five years, and is part of a 30-year ten-billion state and federal effort to restore rivers and expand water supplies. Among the details: raising the Shasta dam, investing $4 billion over seven years in water conservation efforts, buying poorly-drained water from the San Joaquin Valley, equipment studies, and creation of new mini-reservoirs. California is overdue for a drought, and Delta water supplies are at a precarious position as California adds 15 million new residents by 2020.

Thanks to Chris Steins

Thursday, June 8, 2000 in The Los Angeles Times


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