A blog published by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) on December 3, 2017 explicates the allocation of the $7.5 billion 2014 state bond, Proposition 1.
“The money is broken into seven funding categories. The bond language preauthorized $2.7 billion for water storage projects. For the other six areas, spending must be appropriated in the state budget. Once the funds are appropriated in the budget, the state agencies distribute them to selected projects.”
The seven funding categories include 1 – Water storage, 2 – Protecting Rivers, lakes, streams and watersheds, 3 -Groundwater sustainability, 4 – Drought Preparedness, 5 – Water recycling, 6 – Safe drinking water, and 7 – Flood management.
The graphic below illustrates Proposition 1 spending to date.
Of the $2.7 billion reserved for water storage, 5 of the 12 projects competing for funding are focused on storing more water underground. The California Water Commission is currently reviewing proposals with funding expected to be awarded in June 2018.
“About $900 million is allocated for groundwater sustainability—an area in which there is a growing need for funding to implement the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Of this total, $100 million is allocated to help the more than 250 newly formed Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) develop their plans. The Department of Water Resources is now receiving proposals for these grants.”
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