Apr 22, 2015 1:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel has passed legislation designed to speed up the federal government's work in studying five major water storage projects in California.
Government agencies have been studying the projects for nearly two decades. Meanwhile, the state's water problems have only grown worse.
The amendment sets hard deadlines for each of the studies to be completed, with the last by 2017. It is aimed at ensuring the projects are able to compete for some $2.7 billion in additional water storage funding that voters approved last November.
The legislation from Republican congressman David Valadao of Hanford calls for the Bureau of Reclamation to complete studies for the expansion of three dams and the creation of two others.
The full House is expected to take up the bill next week.
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