California to Consider 12 New Water Storage Facilities

A total of $2.7 billion will be awarded to a potential list of 12 water storage projects, thanks to funding from California's Proposition 1, approved by voters in 2014.

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August 23, 2017, 8:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Lake Shasta, located in Northern California. | David Greitzer / Shutterstock

Paul Rogers reports that the state of California recently unveiled "12 huge new water projects from massive new dams in the north to expanded groundwater banks in the south — that will compete for $2.7 billion in state bond funding for new water storage projects."

"The money comes from Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond overwhelmingly passed by voters in November 2014 during the depths of the state’s historic 2011-2016 drought," explains Rogers.

The projects were unveiled the day after the deadline for water agencies to submit project proposals to the California Water Commission. A decision is expected on which of the projects will receive bond funding by June 2018. Funding for all 12 of the projects, as proposed, would cost $13 billion, according to Rogers.

Rogers also includes a description of nine of the proposed projects, some of which have been around for years. 

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