Protecting the Valley:
Two Water Bonds:
|A mid-August image of the San Luis Reservoir indicating a bad water year.|
There are two water bond proposals making their
way through both chambers of California's legislature. And neither one is
good for California agriculture or for domestic water for all Californian’s.
In the senate version authored by Democrat State
Senator Lois Wolk of Davis, there is "$1.5 billion on safe drinking water
projects, $1.8 billion on water quality and watershed projects, $1.3 billion on
flood control and $1 billion for water system operations improvements such as
groundwater storage and recycled water storage. Senate Bill 42 prohibits
using bond money to build or do mitigations for a new water conveyance
project." There is nothing in her proposal for Temperence Flat Dam
or any other dam, and nothing for the twin tunnels.
The Assembly version, authored by Democrat Anthony
Rendon of Lakewood, has released only a set of principles: One principle would prohibit
earmarks to specific water projects, which would
appear to bar the specific allocations for the two water storage projects that
Republicans, backed by farm groups, had insisted
on including in the 2009 version, as well as for some of the local projects that
were placed in the bond for political purposes.
It was the early morning hours of Nov. 4, 2009, when
the original comprehensive package was passed by the state Legislature. The
bond’s goal was to overhaul California’s seriously ailing water system. The package included an $11 billion bond, with
$3 billion set aside for new storage.
But the current legislature is dismantling it to suit
Hopefully, Governor Brown will see how useless the bond’s
rewriting would be without a storage component for the heavy rain and snow
The bond, in whatever form it is in, is scheduled to
go to voters in 2014.
Labels: $11 Billion bond, $3 billion for storage, Anthony Rendon, Families Protecting the Valley, Governor Brown, State Senator Lois Wolk, twin tunnels, Two Water Bonds: both bad. SB 42