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Spending in the water plan going before voters
Spending in the water plan going before voters

Posted on Aug. 16, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 16, 2014 at 1:01 p.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Details of the $7.5 billion bipartisan water package placed on the November ballot by the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown ($7.1 billion will be new borrowing, and the total repayment cost is projected to be $14.7 billion over 30 years):

— $2.7 billion for water storage projects, with criteria that are designed to encourage building the Sites Reservoir in Colusa County north of Sacramento and Temperance Flat dam northeast of Fresno.

— $1.5 billion for ecosystem and watershed projects, to restore the environment to natural conditions, improve river parkways and protect wildlife. Roughly a third of the money would support projects that have been contentious. That includes the removal of obsolete power dams on the Klamath River, the restoration of the Salton Sea and an environmental protection plan at Lake Tahoe.

— $900 million for projects that clean up groundwater contamination, prioritizing communities that would have a more reliable local water supply as a result. This has been a top priority for Los Angeles lawmakers.

— $810 million for what is described as “integrated regional water management plans,” which would help regions meet their own water needs. It includes $100 million for water conservation and $200 million storm water management.

—$725 million for water recycling and advanced water treatment technology, such as desalination.

— $520 million for projects that improve water quality or promote clean drinking water. Half the money would be set aside for wastewater treatment, prioritizing low-income communities. The other half is for projects improving safe drinking water standards, prioritizing small communities with polluted water sources.

—$395 million for statewide flood management projects and activities, with the majority available to the delta region.