2 congressmen seek momentum to build new reservoir

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Updated: 3/19/2014 1:35 pm

MAXWELL, Calif. (AP) — Two members of California's congressional delegation are displaying bipartisan agreement on one potential solution to California's water problems by promoting legislation to study the cost of building a reservoir north of Sacramento.

Democratic Rep. John Garamendi and Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa held a news conference Wednesday near the location of the proposed reservoir to announce their bill. It calls for a federal study on the costs of building the Sites Reservoir in a valley near Maxwell, about an hour's drive north of the state capital.

The bill would not guarantee federal funding for the reservoir, which the lawmakers say will cost between $2 billion and $3 billion.

Garamendi and LaMalfa say such water storage projects are crucial for supplying California's farms and its growing population, now at 38 million people.

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