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.
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