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Lawmakers Pressured To Act On Water Bond

Dept. of Water Resources

Aerial view of the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California. Behind it, the state's largest reservoir.

Dept. of Water Resources

California lawmakers are debating whether to put a scaled-down water bond on the November ballot. A rally at the Capitol today demonstrated the increasing pressure on the legislature as it wades through a number of bond proposals.

Bryce Lundberg is a rice farmer and a member of the North State Water Alliance. His group has some criteria they’d like to see included in a bond.

“We believe that there are two overarching elements that must be in a water bond," he says. "First, investments that increase California’s water supply. And, second, operational certainty for managing future water supplies.”

The Alliance wants a water bond to include money for additional storage, environmental protections and improved urban water management.

An $11 billion bond is slated for the November ballot, but a recent poll suggested voters aren’t likely to approve the measure. Lawmakers are now considering replacing it with a smaller bond, though one that would still run into the billions of dollars. Several new proposals are pending in the legislature.

 

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