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Voters Approve $7.5 Billion Water Bond

Photo / California Department of Water Resources
 

Photo / California Department of Water Resources

The biggest cheerleader for Proposition One was California Governor Jerry Brown. Rather than campaigning for re-election, he spent his time and money advocating for the bond’s passage.

“Proposition One is going to help us make some key investments to strengthen our water reliability and to make sure those people in the Central Valley who have to use buckets to take a shower can get water out of their tap,” says Brown.

Opponents of Proposition One weren’t surprised the measure passed. Barbara Barrigan-Parilla with Restore the Delta says they were far outspent.

“We’re looking at a campaign that was extremely well-funded, $16 million, plus money in additional committees and we had about $100,000. So it’s not a complete surprise." says Barrigan-Parilla. "The passing of Proposition One really doesn’t change anything for California.”

Opponents argued that bond wrongly focused on building more dams and won’t get California out of its drought. 

Amy Quinton

Environment Reporter

Amy came to Sacramento from New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) where she was Environment Reporter. Amy has also reported for NPR member stations WFAE in Charlotte, WAMU in Washington D.C. and American Public Media's "Marketplace."  Read Full Bio