California voters last November passed Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion dollar general obligation bond to enhance the state’s water supply. Water storage projects will account for one-third of those funds. Several projects have been proposed, including raising Shasta Dam along with two major new dams, as well as other types of storage facilities. One of the high-profile projects put forward in the ballot initiative is the Temperance Flat reservoir on the San Joaquin River. It would be sited just upstream of Millerton Lake, the reservoir behind Friant Dam, built seventy years ago. The project has long been on the wish-list of Central Valley farmers and water districts. This week the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation held a public informational meeting on the project in Fresno. Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian reports.
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