SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CNS) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pushed for the overhaul of the state's water system during a speech today in San Diego before the Association of California Water Agencies.
"There are no two ways about it, that it is about time that we rebuild our water system," Schwarzenegger said at the conference at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in Mission Valley.
The state Legislature approved a five-bill package last month that would increase water storage in the state by constructing new dams, clean up groundwater, restore ecosystems and ultimately lead to the building of a canal that circumvents the environmentally sensitive Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
The legislation relies on an $11 billion bond, which will likely go before voters next November.
"Let me tell you something, this is the greatest investment," Schwarzenegger said. "It's not spending money or wasting money, it's the greatest investment that we can make in the future of California."
Schwarzenegger said the state's water system was built to serve only 18 million people, but now must handle 38 million people.
California's water supplies are threatened by years of drought and a judge's decision that restricts the amount of water that can be pumped through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in order to protect endangered fish.
Dozens of schools in the San Diego Unified School District will be on minimum-day schedules Monday due to forecasted high temperatures, the district said Sunday.
A group of Scripps Ranch residents, some of whom lost homes in the 2003 Cedar Fire, assembled care packages Sunday for survivors of the deadly blazes in Northern California.
Emotions are still raw for many who went through the 2007 fires in San Diego County and lost homes or loved ones.
Firefighters put out a small fire north of the El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside and sheriff's deputies were securing the scene where a small plane crashed, authorities said Sunday.
A Red Flag Warning for parts of San Diego County went up Sunday, a day after two sizeable brush fires were sparked in the region.
It has been ten years since devastating wildfires swept through San Diego, destroying thousands of structures and affecting so many lives.
San Diego sports fans were saddened when the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park closed its doors last summer. But those who have dried their tears can open their pocketbooks and bid on sports memorabilia items that were on display at the hall.
A fire broke out in the garage of a home in San Diego's Carmel Valley neighborhood, displacing four people, authorities said Thursday.