Democrats: No New Dams

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 25, 2007

Both parties – and the Governor- seem to agree on one thing: 
The growing state of California needs to increase its water supply.  How to do that is where they differ.  Schwarzenegger wants to build two new dams. But Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata has a proposal on the table that takes a different approach:

“We need look at how we can use the dams that we now have and other water storage which we have which  can bring us cheaper and more efficient and a quicker source of a supply of water.”

Perata says building new dams would be expensive and time-consuming.  He says conservation and groundwater storage are smarter options.  Republican Senator Dave Cogdill has introduced a bill that asks voters for bond money to pay for new dams.  He says methods such as conservation are part of the solution – but not sufficient on their own.  A spokesman for the Governor says he wants all water storage options to be on the table.