Reuters – MARINLAND, Calif.
(Reuters) – The Marinus, a major waterway through the middle of California’s Central Valley, could see its water treated and stored as soon as 2018 to help prevent the spread of algae blooms and other pollution, state officials said on Wednesday.
The state Environmental Protection Agency will hold public meetings about the plan on Thursday, and the EPA will begin the process to set up the plan at the end of March.
It is expected to cost the state $10 million, but the state said it has not determined the cost of any water system upgrades.
The state already spends more than $400 million a year on water infrastructure.
The agency will have an advisory board to review the plan, and a group of community members will advise the EPA.
California Governor Jerry Brown has said the plan is a first step in fighting climate change, and he has said he is willing to work with the EPA on issues like climate change mitigation.