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The State Legislature has voted to place a new water bond on the November 4, 2014 ballot. The $ 7.5 billion water bond will provide the state with clean, safe, reliable water at an affordable cost.

The bond is a comprehensive plan to fund badly needed improvements to the state's water system. It includes funding for water recycling, infrastructure, surface and groundwater storage, and conservation.

The bond also includes funding for the Emergency Drinking Water Program, public infrastructure projects to comply with clean water standards, and small community grant programs that assist disadvantaged communities with water treatment projects.

The new water bond makes the following allocations:

  • $2.7 billion for water storage
  • $100 million for water conservation statewide
  • $200 million for storm water management statewide
  • $100 million for flood management across the state
  • $100.5 million for the State Coastal Conservancy
  • $520 million for clean drinking water, giving disadvantaged communities the priority
  • $725 million for water recycling and treatment throughout California
  • $900 million for decontaminating groundwater that serves as a drinking water source statewide

This plan was crafted after months of legislative hearings and discussions with stakeholders. It reflects the needs of California's diverse agricultural, economic and environmental interests.

If you have questions about this or any other legislative issues, please call my office at xxx-xxx-xxxx.

Speaker Atkins is Proud to Pass California's New Water Bond Proposal for Voters to Consider

(Sacramento) - After months of wrangling and concentrated last minute negotiations, the California State Legislature has passed, and the Governor has signed "The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014." Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) is proud of the all of the hard work that went into the crafting of this crucial $7.545 billion water bond, that makes necessary improvements to every aspect of California's antiquated water system, while addressing the very urgent matter of the drought.

"In this bond we make the biggest investment in water storage in decades," said Speaker Atkins. "We make a major investment in ensuring clean, sustainable groundwater, and we make a major investment in our rivers, streams, and watersheds that will help with our water needs, and provide important environmental benefits as well. With this bond we harness innovative technology, we anticipate the challenges that future droughts may pose, and we create jobs."

The final fate of the water bond now rests in the hands of California's voters, who will decide its outcome in the November 2014 election. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more.

Assemblymember Rendon Presents, Assembly Passes New Water Bond Proposal for California

(Sacramento) – After months of negotiations with the Governor, the Senate, Republicans and Democrats; the California State Legislature has finally hammered out and passed a comprehensive water bond to address the state's pressing water crisis. Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) presented "The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014" on the Assembly Floor. The water bond proposal was passed by the Assembly with almost no debate and promptly sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. The $7.545 billion water bond will now appear on the November 2014 ballot, and California's voters will decide its fate.

"We conducted more than a dozen water hearings throughout California, and what we heard from residents was their deep concern for our current drought and our long-term water infrastructure needs," said Assemblymember Rendon. "Today is our opportunity to tell Californians that we listened to them, that we heard them."

Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more.

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