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California Program Funding $100 Million Towards California Aqueduct Repairs

California Aqueduct from Interstate 5 in Stanislaus County, California.
Ken Lund
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California Aqueduct from Interstate 5 in Stanislaus County, California.

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced the incitation of $100 Million in funding that will help restore water capacity to sections of the California Aqueduct.

The aqueduct is several canals that feed water from Northern and Central California to Southern California. Michael Sabbaghian is an Executive Advisor with the DWR and says that over the last few decades, several of the canals have experienced subsidence, which is the sinking of land.

“That has resulted in four segments of canals that we have, that deliver water to Central Valley and Southern California, to be impacted negatively, and their capacity has been reduced, they cannot deliver as much water,” said Sabbaghian.

Sabbaghian says capacity has gone down between 20% to 60%, depending on the section and that this has a two-fold impact on Southern California. He said, “One is direct water delivery, as you guys receive from Northern California, and secondly the massive agriculture that is in San Joaquin Valley, that without this water wouldn’t happen, so it would impact basically the availability of food.”

Sabbaghian added that the project advances several goals set by Governor Newsom in his2020 Water Resilience Portfolio. “This particular one, it aims to meet several actions within that portfolio, which has to do with water quality, water supply, delivering water to disadvantaged communities, and so forth and so on,” added Sabbagian.

The $100 Million for sections of the four canals is just the beginning of a 10-year plan for the canals and is expected to cost $2.4 Billion.

Jonathan Linden was a reporter at 91.9 KVCR in San Bernardino, California. He joined KVCR in July 2021 and served with the station till October 2022.