California’s 2014 Water Bond: The Good, the Contentious, and the Uncertain
Past bonds funded restoration of the South Bay salt ponds. (photo by Jitze Couperus)
It’s hard to believe that people still power-wash sidewalks three years into California’s worst drought on record. But it’s even harder to believe that state lawmakers have hardly been better about solving our water problems. They’ve been working on a water bond for five years and barely managed to squeak one with a chance of passing onto the November 4, 2014 ballot.
A water bond seems like a no-brainer. California is parched, with much of our groundwater already at historic lows in April and with many reservoirs at levels far below historic averages in September, according to the state Department of Water Resources. And the $7.5 billion water bond — Proposition 1 — has widespread support that includes a good showing of environmentalists. But not everyone is convinced that this bond delivers what we need, or even that bonds are the best way to finance our water system… (more)
Bay Area Monitor (2014)