California is about to start spending billions for new reservoirs

California took a big step Friday toward launching a new multibillion-dollar wave of reservoir construction.

After being accused of being overly tightfisted with taxpayer dollars, the California Water Commission released updated plans for allocating nearly $2.6 billion in bond fundsapproved by voters during the depths of the drought. The money will help fund eight reservoirs and other water-storage projects, including the sprawling Sites Reservoir in the Sacramento Valley and a small groundwater “bank” in south Sacramento County.

In its new blueprint, which remains tentative, the Water Commission nearly triples the amount of money it will spend compared to a preliminary allocation it put out in February.

With climate change expected to diminish the Sierra Nevada snowpack, the new reservoirs are seen as a way of bolstering California’s ability to store water. Sites, a $5.2 billion project straddling the Glenn-Colusa county line, and the $2.7 billion Temperance Flat reservoir east of Fresno would become the two largest reservoirs built in California since Jerry Brown’s first stint as governor in the 1970s. …

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  1. crosspatch says

    If climate is to become warmer, then likely the snowpack will increase. Warmer periods are generally wetter periods, cool periods are dry periods. We can see a megadrought come suddenly that could last a century or more. In fact, California had such a drought that lasted for 200 years that ended in the 14th century. Fallen Leaf Lake just south of Lake Tahoe was 150 to 200 feet below its current level. Trees that grew on the shore of that shrunken lake still stand today under the surface. The past 500 years have been one of the wettest periods in California in the last 10,000 years. What we consider to be “normal” is really quite wet. A century scale “megadrought” can happen at any time.


  2. And yet they are going to take out three dams on the Klamath river which store water and produce electricity.

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