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Government & Politics

Water Commission Deals A Blow To Temperance Flat Dam Dreams

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Ezra David Romero
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Valley Public Radio
The San Joaquin River near the site of the proposed Temperance Flat Dam

The California Water Commission delivered bad news last Friday to the backers of a proposed new dam on the San Joaquin River near Fresno. Supporters had hoped to receive around $1 billion in funding for the $2.7 billion project from the money voters approved in the 2014 Proposition 1 water bond. Instead, the commission awarded Temperance Flat only $171 million. Other proposed storage facilities fared better, such as the Sites Reservoir, which scored nearly $1 billion in funding. So what are the winners and losers saying? We spoke with Sacramento Bee reporter Dale Kasler about who won, who lost and what's next.