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Two seven-year droughts that started in the late 1920s and 1940s spurred the construction of California’s massive system of canals, dams and reservoirs, but few large water projects have been built since the environmental movement began in the 1970s. Only $2.7 billion of a $7.5 billion water bond that voters approved in 2014 was allocated for storage and none of the seven storage projects selected by the state for funding has begun construction. Nearly 95% of the Delta’s storm water this year has flushed into the Pacific Ocean. And that’s real waste.