Water report comes at a critical time | SierraSun.com

Water report comes at a critical time

The report comes on the eve of a critical time for water quality and river health in the Sierra Nevada. Bonds approved by California voters in 2000 and 2002 will hand out the last of their funds for water quality projects and river restoration in 2007, according to Lisa Wallace, executive director of the Truckee River Watershed Council. The proposition funding handed out next year can still be used until 2011.

The propositions ” numbered 13, 40 and 50 ” funneled a good portion of their combined $8 billion into water quality projects across the state.

“If there are no further bonds it will be really hard to raise the money to do the restoration and protection work needed in the Truckee River,” Wallace said.

The state bond money, and matching federal grants, have supplied Wallace’s group with approximately 85 percent of its funding since the Truckee River Watershed Council’s inception. The funding has gone into restoration work in all corners of the watershed.

“It’s a big deal for the Sierra Nevada,” Wallace said of the impending cutoff of bond funding. “It’s a big deal for the Truckee River Watershed.”

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