SACRAMENTO -- Assembly leaders on Thursday annnounced a retooled water bond proposal to address the state’s long-term water supply needs as well as protecting critical habitat, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The $5-billion bond proposal is a leaner version of the $11-billion bond measure that lawmakers pulled from consideration in 2012 after it was criticized for being weighed down with pork barrel projects. A 2010 version of the bond measure also was scuttled because of concerns that, in the midst of the nation’s economic meltdown, it would fail at the ballot box.
The state Senate already has held hearings on the water bond and is expected to consider its version in the near future.
The $5-million bond measure crafted by Assembly leaders would authorize the state to pay for expanding underground and surface water storage, restoring the Sacramento Delta ecosystem and efforts to clean up existing groundwater, among other things.