Schwarzenegger and Feinstein Team Up on Water Bond
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein have unveiled a joint effort aimed at easing California’s water woes. They want their plan to go before voters in November.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The two have unveiled a nine-point-three billion dollar water bond proposal—to be placed on the November ballot. Feinstein said the goal is to break lawmakers’ long-standing stalemate over water issues. Their plan would spend three billion dollars to provide more water storage that could include dams and reservoirs. Two billion would go for regional water supply and conservation projects. It also includes one-point nine billion to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. In response Senate Democratic Leader Don Perata said he was open to the bond but that first the state should spend money approved by voters in 2006. Senate Republican Leader Dave Cogdill called the plan a good starting point. Last month Schwarzenegger issued an executive order declaring a statewide drought.