California governor calls special legislative session on dams plan

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called the California Legislature into special sessions to finish work on health care reform and on a water infrastructure plan that could include two new dams.

�These issues are vital to our state and the quality of life for all Californians,� Schwarzenegger said Sept. 11. �We made great progress on both fronts but budget negotiations took two months longer than we thought and we ran out of time. We owe it to the people of California to finish our work on these important reforms.�

Schwarzenegger introduced a $5.9 billion water infrastructure plan in January that included $4.5 billion to develop additional water storage, including two new dams. In July, he renewed his call for the state to issue water bonds that would enable the state to build the dams, previously identified as Sites Dam and Reservoir in Colusa County, northwest of Sacramento, and Temperance Flat Dam and Reservoir, in Fresno County. (HNN 7/19/07)

Lawmakers adjourned the regular session of the 2007 Legislature Sept. 12. Negotiations on a water program and health care reform are expected to resume soon in the special sessions, which could continue through the fall.

The governor said improving California’s water system to ensure a reliable water supply is a top priority. He added California’s growing population could affect the reliability of future water supplies. To protect water supplies for all Californians, the governor said a significant investment is needed in groundwater and surface water storage, preservation of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and the development of a new conveyance system.

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