$2 million for Clear Lake water quality improvement included in state budget

Source: The Press Democrat

The state’s new $125 billion budget contains a fresh glimmer of hope for restoration efforts at Clear Lake, which suffers from mercury contamination and algae growth that perennially afflicts Lake County’s primary tourist destination.

The budget, signed by the governor late last month, includes $2 million in a separate piece of legislation, which, if approved, would create a “blue ribbon” committee to bring together a coalition of scientists, elected officials, tribal members, environmentalists and others to study the ancient lake’s problems and map out solutions.

The bill’s author, Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, said the slated funding gives her confidence the bill will be signed into law this year. It still needs approval from at least two committees and the full Senate before it goes to the governor’s desk for a signature.

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