Sacramento – No new waters storage any time soon:
Drought-inspired legislation to hasten the construction of water-storage facilities died in a California Assembly panel on Monday.
Assembly Bill 311, by Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, would have streamlined environmental review for the Sites Reservoir in the Sacramento Valley and Temperance Flat on the San Joaquin River near Fresno.
The measure is part of a Republican package of legislation designed to address infrastructure needs. After being sidelined by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee last month, it was revived for a second pass when Gallagher narrowed the focus to the two projects, increasing pressure on Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown to focus more on storage as the state suffers though a four-year dry spell.
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