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Build 2 dams to boost water supplies, Logue says

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From page A9 | December 11, 2013 | 10 Comments

FAIRFIELD — State Assemblyman Dan Logue said Monday he has introduced legislation for a bond to build two new dams in Northern California to increase water storage in the state.

The state Department of Water Resources has said dams at Temperance Flats and Sites would increase water yield by 635,000 to 832,000 acre feet per year, said a news release from Logue’s campaign for Congress.

Logue, R-Loma Rica, is running in the 2014 election for the 3rd Congressional District now represented by John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove. The district includes Solano County.

The state assemblyman said increased water storage capacity is essential to retain more water in the wet years to offset dry years such as 2013.

“Our water storage infrastructure was designed to meet the needs of California when the population was less than 10 million,” Logue said in the new release. “We are now over 30 million and a crisis is rapidly approaching.”

The California Legislature’s only action on the water supply crisis is to continually postpone a vote on the water bond passed by the Legislature in 2010 – because the Legislature put so much pork in the bond that voters won’t support it, Logue said.

“We can get twice the water storage for half the price of previous water proposals because we are cutting out the pork,” Logue said in the release of the $5.8 billion proposal.

Logue said if lawmakers fail to address the state’s water shortages he’ll work to get a measure on the statewide ballot as an initiative and let voters decide about water supplies.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • S KDecember 10, 2013 - 6:46 am

    HUH???? Anyone especially the State Assemblyman ever hear of, "Desalinisation," probably not as expensive as it once was. Heck we live right near a HUGE Ocean. This could kill two birds with one stone, provide an infinite water supply, while helping to keep ocean level down, given some time. To me this is a NO BRAINER.

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  • The MisterDecember 10, 2013 - 8:21 am

    Desalinization requires energy... collecting water in a dam doesn't. Hydro-electric power generation... anyone ever hear of that? Collect and manage large amounts of water AND create electricity in the process... make too much sense? There's your No Brainer.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 10, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Mr Logue's common sense measures should have been accomplished back in the 1950's. The long delay shows just how far behind California is in planning for the future. Exactly who and what is opposing the construction of dams and water storage sheds for the state? Take a big guess!

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  • Rick WoodDecember 10, 2013 - 9:16 am

    It's "desalination," and it's being done where it makes sense--and maybe a few places where it doesn't. As for new surface storage, it too should be part of a new state water supply and conservation plan. The question is who should pay for it, the whole state or the more direct beneficiaries? At some point new surface storage becomes more expensive than desalination. At that point, the era of dam-building will be over. We should ask whether we are at that point for Sites and/or Temperance Flats.

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  • S KDecember 10, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Sorry, but I did not SPELL it, merely C&P'd it Googling, so maybe you ought to check YOURS>>LOL

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  • S KDecember 10, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    Several different ways to say/spell it. Here is another, must be the U.S. spelling: "Why Isn T Seawater Desalting the Answer to Meeting Water Needs ... www.ask.com › Q&A › Science › Other‎ Desalting seawater by freezing it is a form of desalinization. It's not the answer to meeting water needs during droughts because it's still in the experimental."

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  • S KDecember 10, 2013 - 1:36 pm

    Just tried RE-GOOGLING to show the different spellings of that word, but this (@#$%^&*, G.D.) site will not allow anything that has even a partial URL in it>>>GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. Just Googlle, "Desalting ocean water," and you'll see what I mean.

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  • B. ThiemerDecember 10, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    Desalination plants face the same NIMBY resistance that any other energy/water project faces. Additionally, they require gobs of energy. Dams (aka hydroelectric power) provide water storage AND electricity with one structure. Historically, hydroelectric power has been the best value in energy production.

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  • The MisterDecember 10, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    YES!!

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  • S KDecember 10, 2013 - 6:22 pm

    I once imagined a power plant just driven by the force of the waves coming in from the ocean, just a thought in my own head. Then one day read about someone trying to develop this idea. Those coastal waves are pounding in 24/7 and could easily power a desalination plant, EASILY.

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