Coachella Valley Water District’s (CVWD) Board of Directors today adopted a resolution supporting two water-related measures, Proposition 68, an initiative that will appear on the June 5 ballot and a water bond slated to appear on the November ballot.
Proposition 68, the California Drought, Water, Parks, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, is a $4.1 billion bond on the June ballot. If approved, it would provide $1.6 billion to fund water-related projects. This legislative bond measure resulted from the passage with bipartisan support of SB 5 (de Leon, 2017).
A diverse group of stakeholders including water managers has developed the $8.9 billion Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018, which is slated to appear on the November 2018 ballot.
“California’s ever-changing water issues demonstrate the need for additional investments to support reliable infrastructure, clean water and sustainable groundwater supplies,” said CVWD Board President John Powell, Jr. “Projects funded through these bonds could provide substantial benefits for Coachella Valley communities including the Salton Sea. The funding will also help to ensure safe and reliable water for the region’s future,” said Powell.
CVWD’s Board of Directors supports both bonds and view the two measures as complementary. If both bonds pass, the state would see an influx of more than $10 billion for drought preparedness projects, flood protection, safe drinking water in disadvantaged communities, implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, and other projects that will improve water supply reliability and ecosystem health. This funding would also help alleviate challenges with population growth, natural disasters and climate change.
Opponents of Proposition 68 argue that it is too expensive. They also question whether the money will be distributed equally across California parks.
CVWD urges voters to research all the arguments in favor and against Proposition 68 and the November Bond before casting your vote on this important issue.
Coachella Valley Water District is a public, non-profit agency serving domestic water, irrigation water, wastewater collection and reclamation services, regional stormwater protection and groundwater replenishment over a 1,000-square-mile area, including parts of Cathedral City to the Salton Sea communities. CVWD is a State Water Contractor and operates the 123-mile Coachella Canal to import Colorado River water to the region. An elected five-member board sets policy and represents the ratepayers. For more information, please visit www.cvwd.org.