SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville today announced that he has introduced legislation to construct two new water storage facilities to address California's growing water crisis.
"My proposal is the only active proposal that will dramatically increase water storage in the state," said Logue.
According to the Department of Water Resources, by building new water storage facilities at Sites and Temperance Flats we will increase annual water yield by 635,000 - 832,000 acre feet per year.
"We can get twice the water storage for half the price of previous water proposals because we are cutting out the pork," added Logue.
"Our water storage infrastructure was designed to meet the needs of California when the population was less than 10 million," added Logue. "We are now over 30 million and a crisis is rapidly approaching."
Logue added the Sites and Temperance project are the only way to ensure California will have enough water for its farms and people as well as the only way Northern California can protect itself from the water grab that will come from Southern California.
Logue said he will take the issue to the ballot if the legislature fails to pass his proposals.
Meantime, another water storage proposal in the works for several years is the plan to raise Shasta Dam by as much as 18.5 feet. The $1 billion project would increase Lake Shasta's capacity by 13 percent. But this plan by the U.S. Department of Reclamation has yet to get all of the necessary approvals and funding committments. And it's unclear if this plan will ever go through since it has strong opposition by environmentalist and Native American groups.