What’s the Big Idea?
Should California authorize $8.9 billion in bonds for water infrastructure and environmental projects?
The Way It Is Now
Voters passed Proposition 1 in 2014, which authorized $7.1 billion in bonds for water infrastructure and watershed protection. As of the 2017-18 fiscal year, the California State Legislature has appropriated nearly 86 percent of Proposition 1.
What If It Passes?
A large part of the bond would fund the protection of wetlands and areas near watersheds, and the improvement of water quality. Groundwater restoration, water storage, dam repairs and habitat protection would also gain funding. Most of the funds would be controlled by local governments and nonprofits.
More funds are needed for water safety and security for people, farms, industry and the environment. Proposition 3 leaves the state better prepared for drought while also improving water quality in groundwater, rivers, bays and oceans.
Proposition 3 gives money to a lot of organizations, but doesn’t build new dams or produce new water. Water districts and communities that benefit from water projects should pay for them, not the general California taxpayer.
YES for Proposition 3