The governor of California Wednesday night signed law to get a comprehensive water bond decoded by residents in a vote November.
“Water is paramount to any development and for the Californian people; it’s a sign of healthy rivers, farms, valleys and a robust economy,” says Brown.
“With this water-bond, law makers, regardless of their party affiliations can have faith in California’s future,” said governor brown.
The legislation that has been signed by brown-AB 1471 brought forward by assembly member Anthony Rendon representing Lakewood is expected to replace the existing $11.1 billion water-bond after the November ballot.
The water legislation was passes by the senate 37-0 and the assembly 77-2. It’s a rare scenario where members from all parties rally behind a bill and pass it. It shows how critical it is to the future of the people of California.
The bond comes with a new debt totaling $7012 billion plus unspent bond money of $425 million which comes to a total of $7.545 billion. There is no repurposed bond will be taken from projects that already exist.
The measure will be the first to be proposed on the November ballot.
The bond roots for water recycling, efficiency, management and groundwater cleaning. It also makes available $2.7 to be spent on water storage facilities.
It invests in communities that are considered to be disadvantages and offers restoration of watersheds and enhanced water flow in the rivers and streams of California.
The governor also announced that he vetoed a legislation SB866 brought to the assembly by Senator Lois Wolk.
There are several groups that have offered support for this bond. California Farm Bureau is one of them.
In a statement that was released Wednesday night, the president of Farm Bureau-Paul Wenger said that if the bond is passed, the state of California will be moving a step closer to bettering its water future.
“The massive water shortage which we are experiencing now is as a result of decades of neglect of our water storage–systems. But the neglect has been magnified by the ravaging drought and the time to reverse this pattern of neglect is now. Making sure that this water bond is placed on the November vote gives the people of California a chance to provide more water for their cities, for agricultural activities as well as for the environment,” said Wenger.
According to Wenger, the bond provides one of the biggest investments in water conservation and supply and it could not have come at a much better time.
“The drought has shown us quite well that we have lived for far too long with an outdated water storage system,” he said. We need to make sure that our water storage systems are changed to match the ever changing weather pattern, in which there is more rain than snow. If there are further storms, additional surface storage facilities can capture them and prevent floods while banking the water for later use,” said Wenger.