Proposition 1, a water bond measure, passes

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With Lake Shasta at 26% capacity, California’s largest water reservoir, feeding the Sacramento River, is at historically low levels impacting tourism on September 27, 2014, in Redding, California. (Getty Images)

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SAN DIEGO – Proposition 1 passed and authorizes state officials to borrow $7.12 billion and repurpose $425 million in bonds approved earlier to pay for new water projects.

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The measure includes $2.7 billion for storage projects, such as dams; $800 million for cleaning up contaminated underground water; and $725 million for water recycling projects.

In addition, $1.5 billion will be dedicated to the protection and restoration of wildlife habitat and watersheds.

The borrowing will be repaid from the state budget.

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