Regional water reliability, safe drinking water, and clean water programs are set to become more of a reality in California as a result of voter’s approval of Proposition 1, or Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.
With its passing, the bond will also be geared towards water recycling projects, groundwater sustainability plan management and implementation, watershed protection, new surface and groundwater storage projects, and flood management.
Locally, the Turlock Irrigation District has already announced their support for the $7.5 billion water bond at one of their Board meetings in September, despite the fact that they are not guaranteed any of the funding.
“TID’s Board of Directors passed a resolution supporting Proposition 1. The proposition will provide much needed funding to put California on a path to a comprehensive water plan,” said director of external affairs Michelle Reimers. “Most importantly, the proposition includes the most significant state funding for 21st century water storage projects.”
According to Reimers, who presented the resolution at the September meeting, the fact that the district is not warranted any funding is not necessarily a bad thing, since the district would still bear witness to indirect benefits of the act. This includes the possibility of more storage to alleviate pressure on the Tuolumne and a higher degree of reliability for California water.
Although there is no guarantee, TID will still be able to apply for grant funding in multiple categories. In order to be considered, the district would most likely have to enter into an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan.