California Water Bond
Our window to prepare for future droughts is now
Sacramento, California | August 15, 2014
Author: Jay Ziegler, Director of External Affairs & Policy
On Aug. 13, 2014 a water bond passed the State Legislature and was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. The bond provides for sustainable water management in California and strikes a balance in meeting our water needs and protecting critical environmental values. The systemic framework, if passed by voters in November, will be a win for both people and the environment
Facing a historic drought and waning public support for the bond negotiated in 2009, the Governor and Legislature negotiated and passed a final package that all Californians can support. The $7.545 billion package will provide funds for critical infrastructure needs while also providing protection for our rivers, streams, wetlands and groundwater resources that are the source of our water. This bond also addresses long overdue commitments for restoration and conservation actions in the San Joaquin River, the Salton Sea, the wetlands of the Pacific Flyway, the Delta, the Klamath and other river systems where floodplain, riparian, wetland and stream habitat values have been severely degraded.
The actions funded by this bond will improve water supply management, respond to the current drought, and help us be better prepared for the next drought.
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