Lawmakers are carrying two bills for the Governor in the special session on water. One would spend 600-million dollars from previously approved bond measures to deal with environmental concerns in the Delta. The other suggests nine billion dollars in new bond money to be approved by voters—that’s about three billion more than the Governor proposed in January. Mark Cowin with the state Department of Water Resources says the money would be used to match investments by local governments.
“It says clearly what the state will invest in, how we’ll partner in any of these projects, and provides a firm basis for local agencies to consider their investments in these projects…”
Much of the bond money is for dams in the Central Valley—opposed by some Democrats. The Democratic head of the state Senate has his own five-billion dollar water bond. Legislators and the Governor hope to reach agreement and meet a tight timeframe for the February ballot.