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Sep. 4, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

League of California Cities Board Votes to Support Water Bond

Proposition 1 Contains Provisions Consistent with League Priorities


The League of California Cities board of directors today voted to support Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Act of 2014. The vote occurred during the board’s meeting in Los Angeles in conjunction with the organization’s Annual Conference. The bond’s provisions provide substantial benefits for California cities and ensure that all communities have safe and reliable water into the future. 
 
The League’s water bond priorities comprise six main areas: water conservation, groundwater recharge, stormwater capture and reuse/Clean Water Act Compliance, watershed restoration, water storage and conveyance and water recycling and reuse. Prop. 1 contains allocations that match League priorities including:
  • $2.7 billion for storage;
  • $1.495 billion for watershed protection and watershed ecosystem restoration;
  • $725 million for water recycling projects and programs;
  • $720 million for groundwater management;
  • $200 million for stormwater capture; and
  • $100 million for water conservation and efficiency plans, projects, and programs.
“We congratulate the Legislature for passing a water bond with wide bipartisan support. The fact that legislators representing every region in California stand behind Prop. 1 indicates the universal understanding that our state is in a water crisis. It’s predicted that the coming rainy season will not end this historic drought  further straining California’s water supplies, and California must make investments in the most pressing water infrastructure needs,” said League President and San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros. “California cities support this bond because it will help provide our communities with reliable and clean drinking water and will establish solid water management priorities for decades.” 

Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.
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