In the midst of California's historic drought, voters approved a $7.5 billion water bond intended to ease water shortages.
The bond sets aside $2.7 billion for water storage projects.
The California Water Commission has received a dozen applications asking for more than $5.7 billion.
Two big reservoir projects are asking for the largest sum of money. The Sites Reservoir, which would be located about an hour north of Sacramento, wants $1.6 billion. It would draw water from the Sacramento River.
Temperance Flat Reservoir on the San Joaquin River near Fresno wants $1.3 billion. But they’ll have to compete with other storage projects for the funding, including local and regional reservoir expansions and groundwater storage projects.
The California Water Commission will make a final decision next year.