Arnold Schwarzenegger,  California,  Peripheral Canal

Arnold Schwarzenegger Watch: Governor Endorses Peripheral Canal


California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger greets the audience at a sit-down dialogue with moderator Rick Rodriguez , left, executive editor of the Sacramento Bee, during the opening plenary of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Conference in San Jose, Calif., on June 13, 2007.

Governor endorses canal

Delta-circumventing project was rejected by state’s voters in 1982

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called Thursday for a canal to transfer water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, marking the first time he has expressed support for the historically controversial project.

The Republican governor, speaking at a town-hall forum in Bakersfield, told farmers he would fight to ensure they have enough water for the next two to three decades.

“We need more water,” he said, according to a recording. “We need to build more storage, and we have to build conveyance, the canal, and all of those kinds of things.”

About damn time.

And, now, Arnold has to sell it to the environmental community which should be easier due to Delta environmental endangered species impacts, national security concerns, and earthquake worries.

Look for a bond issue by June 2008.

Stay tuned…….


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