Big new California reservoir on track for large federal loan

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A long delayed plan to build a giant lake in northern California it's getting a big boost from the federal government I'm Ben Thomas with the latest the plan is for the reservoir to hold enough water to supply about three million households for a year nearly twice the size of the most recent reservoir built in California so much smaller than some of the state's better known lakes project aims to help the region withstand the west's notorious droughts environmental protection agency says it intends to loan the project nearly two point two billion dollars about half its total cost the project still must clear regulatory steps including an environmental review that's where it's likely to face strong opposition from environmental groups say the project will divert too much water from the Sacramento River reservoir would flood what's left of the town of science which now has just a handful of residents it's nestled in a valley of the coastal range mountains in rural Colusa county I'm Ben Thomas

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