This November, California voters will head to the polls tasked with deciding their state’s water future. Proposition 1 – the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014–-is a $7.5 billion general obligation bond measure placed on the ballot with a near-unanimous, bipartisan vote by the legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown that, if approved, will fund investments in water projects and programs as part of a statewide, comprehensive water plan for California.
Two Butte County leaders and farmers expressed the strong support in Northern California for Proposition 1. Bryce Lundberg, the Chair of the Northern California Water Association, and Jamie Johansonn, the Second Vice President of the California Farm Bureau Federation and former Oroville City Councilman, presented an open letter in the Chico Enterprise Record on October 19 explaining why Proposition 1 deserves our support.
While water, or the lack of it, has been a hot topic across the region, the Metro Chamber has been playing an important role in policy discussions to protect our water supplies, create solutions to address the current challenges and avoid future water crises.
The Sacramento region has been leading the state in water conservation this year–an outstanding accomplishment that is helping California withstand the multi-year drought. This achievement is a result of both effective water efficiency programs and a strong commitment by residents to be a part of the solution. In November, residents will have another opportunity to help secure our water future–this time for the long term. The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act, which will appear as Proposition 1 on the ballot, is a $7.5 billion water bond package aimed at enhancing water supply and quality, increasing the use of recycled water, protecting and developing groundwater resources, improving and restoring watersheds and boosting water conservation programs. The board of directors of the Regional Water Authority (RWA) adopted a resolution in support of the bond in early September. The measure could …