California Water Bond Headed to Voters

"California voters will be asked to authorize $7.5 billion to bolster the state’s water supply, infrastructure and ecosystems in November, as lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday struck a long-sought deal to move a new water bond to the ballot.

An extraordinary drought that has strained California’s water supply spurred a concerted push for a new water bond. Lawmakers moved to replace an $11.1 billion previously slated for the ballot, convinced that voters would reject it.

Instead, voters will see a $7.5 billion measure that contains significantly less money for Delta restoration. The final sum represents a compromise both from Republicans, who called for $3 billion for surface storage projects, and from Brown, who sought an overall total closer to $6 billion."

Jeremy B. White reports for the Sacramento Bee August 14, 2014.


"Slimmed-Down California Water Bond Heading To Voters" (San Francisco Chronicle)

"California Water Bond Clears Legislature, Brown Signs Off" (San Jose Mercury News)

"California To Vote on Scaled-Down $7.5-Billion Water Bond in November" (Los Angeles Times)

Source: Sacramento Bee, 08/14/2014