ACWA, NRDC Endorse $11 Billion Water Bond as Sierra Club, Farm Workers Oppose Measure Slated for November Ballot

April 14, 2010

In the November 2, 2010 statewide general election, voters will be asked to approve the $11.14 billion bond measure associated with SB X7-2 (“SB 2”), the “Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010.” The bond measure would authorize funds for drought relief, regional water supply projects, Delta sustainability projects, water storage, watershed conservation, groundwater cleanup and protection, and water recycling and conservation. A straight majority vote is required to pass the bond measure.

To date, a large number of individuals and organizations have announced their support or opposition for the measure. Notable supporters include the Association of California Water Agencies (“ACWA”), California Chamber of Commerce, Western Growers Association, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (“NRDC”). (See, e.g., Alliance for Clean Water and Jobs, November 2010 Water Bond, http://www.waterforca.com.) Notable opponents include Sierra Club California, Planning and Conservation League, California Teachers Association, and United Farm Workers (See, e.g., No on the Water Bond Campaign, No on the Water, http://www.nowaterbond.com.)

In recent history, California voters have approved other significant bond measures to provide money for water projects. In 2006, voters approved Proposition 84, providing $5.4 billion in bonds for water projects related to water safety, rivers, beaches, levees, watershed, and parks and forests, by a margin of 53.8 % to 46.2 %. Similarly, in 2002, voters supported Proposition 50, authorizing $3.4 billion in general obligation bonds for water and land conservation, in another close race (e.g. 55.3 % to 44.7 %).

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