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CalFed gives local officials taste of water-supply plan

September 03, 1999

Noaki Schwartz

COSTA MESA -- CalFed, a consortium of state and federal government

agencies, unveiled Thursday a proposal to solve water-supply and other

environmental problems facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San

Francisco Bay.

"In Southern California, we take our water for granted," said Orange

County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who served on the Southern California

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Water Committee. "It's a precious resource." He added that 75% of north

Orange County's water comes from Northern California.

Through a half-hour film presentation, CalFed detailed its three-phase

program that would identify the problems, study the area's environment

and eventually implement solutions. The goal is ecosystem restoration and

improvements to water quality and water-use efficiency.

The proposal ran into a number of stumbling blocks and was held up for

two years because of differences between concerned groups of farmers,

environmentalists and citizens.

"There are so many players," Spitzer said. "The solution will take

great leadership from the governor."

The information tour will continue until Sept. 23, when CalFed

representatives will refine the program, spokesperson Valerie Holcomb

said. The group hopes to release a final plan in April that should go

into effect in June.

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