DECISION 2014: $7.5B Water Plan Appears Headed For Approval

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A proposal to spend $7.5 billion on California water projects appears headed for approval.

Proposition 1 would invest $2.7 billion in additional water storage, including two new reservoirs, along with billions more for conservation, water recycling and cleaning up contaminated groundwater.

With about 2 million ballots counted Tuesday, the measure had 69 percent support.

Backers said the state’s drought provided the best argument for updating California’s water storage, treatment and delivery systems.

Critics, including farmers and the fishermen, said these projects are years away from providing benefits and do nothing to address the ongoing drought. They said the measure also would add to the state’s long-term debts.

The proposition, strongly supported by Gov. Jerry Brown, garnered rare solidarity in the Legislature with Democrats and Republicans voting nearly unanimously to put it on the ballot.

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