As California struggles through one of the worst droughts in history, voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballot on November 4th on Proposition 1: the “Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.” If passed, the water bond includes $2.7 billion for statewide water system improvements, which could include the public benefits associated with Sites Reservoir in Northern California. Additional off-stream water storage is a critical component of a water portfolio necessary to provide water security for California during future droughts and maintaining the cities, farms and environment in the Sacramento Valley for future generations.
The legislative passage of a $7.5 billion water bond measure was a bright moment in what has been a tough year for California’s water managers and users. But the measure, now on the November ballot as Proposition 1, raises an important question: During one of the worst droughts in a century, would these billions of dollars put California on a path to water sustainability?
Legislature Approves Water Bond–Provides Important Infrastructure Investments for Northern California to Prepare for Future Droughts
Last night, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation to place a $7.545 billion water bond on the November ballot. The Senate approved the measure 37-0 and the Assembly 77-1. All Northern California Members of the Legislature voted for the bond. The bond, which will be Proposition 1 on the November ballot, would continuously appropriate $2.7 billion for the public benefits of water storage, and includes funding to promote the restoration and enhancement of habitat for salmon and steelhead, as well as species of birds reliant upon the Pacific Flyway. The bond will also direct much needed funding to projects to improve urban and agricultural water management and to increase groundwater sustainability for safe drinking water supplies. “This is an important day for Northern California and builds momentum to better prepare California for current water needs and future droughts,” …
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