California senate approves water storage bill

June 29, 2016


SACRAMENTO — The California Senate Committee on Governance and Finance passed, by a 6-0 vote, AB 2552 aimed at helping build crucial water storage projects like the Sites Reservoir and Temperance Flat Dam. The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations committee for further consideration.

The bill, which was a bipartisan measure championed by Republicans Kristen Olsen, James Gallagher and Democrat Rudy Salas, would help California build water storage facilities by allowing projects that receive funding from the 2014 Water Bond to use alternative delivery methods. The bill will improve flexibility in design and reduce construction costs and time to complete the projects.

“We cannot meet the needs of Californians without increasing our state’s water supply,” said Olsen, from Riverbank. “This bill provides an important tool that will allow long-awaited storage projects to finally be built.”

Gallagher, from Nicolaus, said the bill would allow the state to increase the water storage quickly and more cost efficiently.

Californians passed Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act in November, 2014. The bond included $2.7 billion in funding for water storage projects, but current law severely restricts the types of contracting public works projects may use. The bill aims to address that issue.

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