Proposition 1: Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014

Development of Prop 1 Guidelines: The Coastal Conservancy has developed draft project solicitation and evaluation guidelines for water bond implementation. The public is encouraged to review and comment on these draft guidelines. Written comments should be emailed to: comments@scc.ca.gov or mailed to: The Coastal Conservancy 1330 Broadway #1300 Oakland, CA 94612.

The deadline for comments was March 23, 2015. The Coastal Conservancy will hold three public meetings around the state for the purpose of receiving comments on the draft guidelines:
March 11th in Sacramento, 901 P street, from 9-11am;
March 19th in Oakland, 1330 Broadway 11th floor, from 2-4pm; and
March 20th in Los Angeles, 320 West 4th Street, 7th floor conference room, from 10am-12pm.

The March 19th meeting was a webinar via gotomeeting (Meeting ID 945-803-717) conference call # 1-888-363-4734; code – 804443.

All of the letters and emails submitted to the Coastal Conservancy are available here. The draft guidelines will also be discussed and public comments are welcome at the Coastal Conservancy’s March 26th meeting in Napa.

With the passage of Prop 1, the Coastal Conservancy can continue its mission to protect and restore California rivers, lakes, streams, and watersheds. Summary:  Proposition 1, which California voters approved on November 4, 2014, is a general obligation bond in the amount of $7.545 billion. It includes funding for ecosystems and watershed protection and restoration, water supply infrastructure projects, including surface and groundwater storage, and drinking water protection. The bond will aid in further implementation of the California Water Action Plan and the ten core principles in that plan. The California Water Action Plan was a multi-agency effort guided by input from scientists, engineers, policy experts and feedback from the public that was released in January 2014.  The bond allocates $100.5 million to the State Coastal Conservancy for the purposes described in Section 79732 of Chapter 6 of the Water Bond to protect and restore California rivers, lakes, streams, and watersheds.

Funding Availability:  The Coastal Conservancy anticipates availability of a portion of the $100.5m at the start of the 2015/16 fiscal year, at which time projects will be solicited following our established guidelines and will be evaluated and taken to the Coastal Conservancy board for consideration at public meetings.

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