Aug. 19, 2014
ACWA Board Votes Unanimously to Support Water Bond
The ACWA Board of Directors held a special meeting via teleconference today and unanimously voted to support California Proposition 1 – the $7.545 billion water bond slated for the November 4 ballot that was approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 13.
“This is truly an historic moment for ACWA,” said ACWA President John Coleman. “This water bond is the culmination of years of hard work and leadership by ACWA, its members and staff.”
ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn told the Board, “You should be patting yourselves on the back for your farsighted, courageous water policy decisions all along the way these past five years.”
The bond replaces a much larger, five-year-old $11.14 billion bond that many believed stood little chance of passage by voters had it remained on the November ballot. The new $7.545 billion bond contains $2.7 billion continuously appropriated for water storage projects (above and below ground), as well as funds for regional water reliability, safe drinking water, water recycling, water conservation, groundwater management and cleanup, watershed protection and statewide flood management.
Specific elements contained in the bond are available here. In the coming days, ACWA will be providing detailed fact sheets and outreach materials for member agencies to use in taking their own positions on Prop. 1 and to assist in educating the public about the bond.
Members with questions about water bond outreach may contact ACWA Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs/Operations Jennifer Persike at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 441-4545.