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Folsom.JPGCalifornia politicians grappling with a drought now have a third proposal spelling out which water projects should be placed in a bond on the November ballot.

Republican state Sens. Anthony Cannella of Ceres and Andy Vidak of Hanford today announced a proposal to put a $9.2 billion bond on the ballot. That's nearly $2 billion less than the bond legislators approved in 2009 but have delayed placing on the ballot.

Two Democrats are also working on water bond proposals that would cost less than the 2009 measure: Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood and Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis.

The Republican proposal announced today prioritizes water storage and clean drinking water. It eliminates funding originally proposed for water supply in San Diego and Maywood; University of California research on climate change; and a raft of conservation and watershed restoration projects throughout the state.

"Water is life, it's food, it's jobs," Vidak said during a Capitol press conference this morning. "It's a crying shame to let precious water wash out to sea."

PHOTO: Visitors at Folsom Lake experience the long walk to the shoreline in 2011 due to the low water level. Lack of snow and rain has delayed the filling of the local reservoir. The Sacramento Bee/Randy Pench



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