Report: California governor to propose new water supply dams

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposes to build two new dams, expected to cost billions of dollars, to increase the state’s water supply, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Jan. 9.

Beginning his second term in office, Schwarzenegger was scheduled to lay out a wide-ranging water policy for California, including the new dams, in a State of the State speech, scheduled Jan. 9, the newspaper said. The governor also was expected to call for $4 billion to $5 billion in spending on water programs, it added.

Most of the money in the spending plan would be used to build Sites Dam and Reservoir in Colusa County, about 60 miles northwest of Sacramento, and Temperance Flat Dam and Reservoir, near Friant Dam outside Fresno, according to several news media reports. Friant Dam is a main feature of 1,844-MW Central Valley Project’s Friant Division. (HNN 9/20/06)

Sites Dam would divert water from the Sacramento River to form Sites Reservoir. A new dam on the San Joaquin River would create Temperance Flat Reservoir.

Although there has been no mention of hydropower generation at the projects, the two reservoirs could be expected to store a total of 3 million acre-feet of water, reports said.

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