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Governor Signs Final Water Package Bill

— Governor Schwarzenegger has signed the final piece of legislation in the major water deal passed by lawmaker last week.

In this 2008 photo, the water level in Lake Oroville, a major California reservoir, is shown with lower-than-normal water levels.
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Above: In this 2008 photo, the water level in Lake Oroville, a major California reservoir, is shown with lower-than-normal water levels.

The Governor traveled to the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta for the signing ceremony Thursday. This final bill creates a new Delta Stewardship Council, which will have broad authority over the Delta. Governor Schwarzenegger says it’s an important piece of the new water plan:

“The council will develop and coordinate a plan to achieve two co-equal goals: Delta restoration and water supply reliability," said Schwarzenegger. "What we'll do is it will rebuild the levees, we will create new habitat, we will finally fix the Delta and restore its ecosystem.”

Schwarzenegger said along with everglades in Florida, this will be largest environmental restoration project in America.

The water package also includes new conservation standards, more monitoring of groundwater and tougher enforcement of water theft.

In addition, it contains an eleven billion dollar water bond that requires voter approval.

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