Congressional Delegates Tour Sacramento Levees
Highlighting the problems and vulnerability of Sacramento-area levee systems, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and federal officials toured what protects much of California’s drinking water Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and U-S Senator Dianne Feinstein were among the state, federal and local officials—including members of Congress-- who took a helicopter tour to look at levees that protect downtown Sacramento and outlying areas. Feinstein says there is a united front in seeking federal funding to improve the levee system but says she supports the Governor’s efforts toward bond funding.
“California can just do it! And they have to do it because the consequences are so great! You know we were briefed, and this is the drinking water for two-thirds of California.”
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is pushing for two-point-five billion dollars in a bond proposal to fix levees and strengthen flood protection. The federal lawmakers say influential members of Congress will come to Sacramento to look at the levees later this week, including the Chairman of the House Appropriations committee.