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A Dozen Water Storage Projects Compete For Bond Funding

Photo / Sue Graue

The valley where Sites Reservoir is proposed to be located in Colusa County just west of Maxwell, Ca.

Photo / Sue Graue

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.

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