California Water Bond Compromise Headed to Voters

California voters will consider a $7.5 Billion Water Bond in November following a deal that was struck between Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers on August 13th. The new version replaces an $11.1 Billion Water Bond that did not make it to the ballot over fears California voters would reject it.

If approved in November, Integrated Regional water Management would have $510 Million set aside for planning and project implementation. $520 Million would be allocated to provide safe, clean and reliable drinking water to all Californians, and in particular it would benefit disadvantaged communities (DACs) facing critical wastewater and drinking water challenges.

The following is a summary of all projects and programs identified in the approved package:

Regional Water Reliability  |  $810 Million
  • Integrated regional water management ($510 Million)
  • Stormwater capture ($200 Million)
  • Water conservation ($100 Million)
Safe Drinking Water  |  $520 Million
  • Small Community Wastewater Program ($260 Million)
  • Drinking Water Public Infrastructure ($260 Million)
Water Recycling  |  $725 Million
  • Statewide water recycling projects and activities
Groundwater Sustainability  |  $900 Million
  • Prevent and reduce groundwater contaminants ($800 Million)
  • Provide sustainable groundwater management planning and implementation ($100 Million)
Watershed Protection, Watershed Ecosystem Restoration, State Settlements  |  $1.45 Billion
  • Conservancies ($327.5 Million)
  • Wildlife Conservation Board (restoration of flows) ($200 Million)
  • Department of Fish and Wildlife (out of delta, no mitigation on BDPC) ($285 Million)
  • Department of Fish and Wildlife (in delta with constraints) ($87.5 Million)
  • State settlement obligations including CVPIA ($475 Million)
  • Rivers and creeks ($120 Million)
Storage  |  $2.7 Billion
  • Continuous appropriation for water storage projects
Statewide Flood Management  |  $395 Million
  • Statewide flood management projects and activities ($100 Million)
  • Delta levee subvention programs and delta flood protection projects ($295 Million)