By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer
Although California has spent only $1 billion of the $7.5 billion included in the Proposition 1 water bond passed in 2014, the state’s voters this year will consider whether to allocate another $13 billion toward water conservation and usage.
One of those, Proposition 68, is a $4.1 billion bond measure that would pay for park and wildlife projects, including those along rivers and others related to improving water quality.
The second one, titled the Water Supply and Water Quality Bond, would set aside $8.9 billion for water and wastewater projects, as well as watershed improvements.
Both bonds would direct funds to the Salton Sea restoration. Agricultural run-off in the area has shrunk the body of water’s elevation, endangering waterfowl habitat and making the shoreline vulnerable to erosion. The bonds also would support wastewater recycling. Only Proposition 68 includes park funding.