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"With just a few hours to go before a midnight deadline to put a new state water bond on the November ballot, lawmakers Wednesday approved a $7.5 billion package that includes money for California's first new state-funded dams and reservoirs in more than 30 years," reports Jessica Calefati.
The always-controversial balance between the construction of surface storage capacity, watershed restoration, and groundwater storage will break down like so, if the bond is approved by voters:
One of the main political challenges to getting the bond on the ballot was determining whether the package was sufficiently "tunnel neutral"—referring to the controversial proposal for a peripheral canal to be built near the San Francisco Bay Delta.