Nov 4, 2009 11:38 AM by Associated Press
California lawmakers have passed an $11 billion overhaul of the state's antiquated water system, ending decades of debate over how to supply a soaring population while preserving the fragile environment.
The state Assembly passed a package of water bills and the bond measure to fund them before dawn Wednesday. The Senate - which earlier passed a less costly package - later approved the final version.
The plan calls for restoring the crucial Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
It also provides funding for new dams, groundwater cleanup, conservation and habitat restoration.
Schwarzenegger calls it a historic achievement that will allow California to prosper.
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