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Lawmakers Say Water Bond Oversight Will Be Priority

Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

New Melones Reservoir in August 2014.

Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

California’s dwindling water supply didn’t escape lawmakers last session. They passed emergency drought legislation, new groundwater management laws, and put a $7.5 billion water bond before voters.

But now, keeping a close eye on how all of that is implemented is their next priority. Democratic Assemblymember Marc Levine says he doesn’t want a repeat of what happened with money from Proposition 1-E, the flood control bond that passed in 2006.

“We know historically there will be a flood in California. No one can imagine that right now but that will occur," says Levine. "So the fact that we have not had oversight on Prop 1 E in over seven years gave me great concern.”

Lawmakers will begin a series of oversight hearings on the water bond funding and flood control funding this week. The conference on managing drought was sponsored by the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Amy Quinton

Former Environment Reporter

Amy came to Sacramento from New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) where she was Environment Reporter. Amy has also reported for NPR member stations WFAE in Charlotte, WAMU in Washington D.C. and American Public Media's "Marketplace."  Read Full Bio 

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