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Governor Says Federal Money Will Help Water Infrastructure

Sacramento, CA — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says $260 million of economic stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will go towards improving the state’s water infrastructure.

“California’s water system is in crisis, and our future economic growth and prosperity depends on a water system that provides clean, reliable and sustainable water to our people, our farms and our businesses,” said Schwarzenegger at a press conference. “These Recovery Act economic stimulus funds will create jobs and provide critical drought relief.”

$40 million will go towards building groundwater wells for agricultural and urban contractors.

$109.8 million will be used to build a screened pumping plant at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam to protect fish populations.

$22.3 million will help address safety concerns at the Folsom Dam near Sacramento.

$20 million will be used to build fish screens for the Contra Costa Canal to restore winter-run Chinook Salmon and the endangered Smelt.

$26 million will be set aside for the Battle Creek Salmon/Steelhead Restoration project to help restore fisheries.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com