California voters approved Proposition 1, the Water Bond, in November, 2014. That Bond contains $2.7 billion for water storage projects. This money must be granted by the California Water Commission for:
- Large dams
- Groundwater storage in cleanup
- Conjunctive use and reservoir reoperation
- Local projects
Voice to the California Water Commission that dams are the wrong choice!
The California Water Commission will be having a public meeting to hear what Californians want to see the $2.7 billion in water storage projects go towards. It is imperative that we show up to oppose environmentally damaging and costly dams. We have talking points below that you can use to help show that a vote for Proposition 1 was not a vote for dams.
Monday, October 12, 2015 6-8 pm
Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center
3780 Mt. Diablo blvd
Lafayette, CA 94549
- California doesn’t need more dams — we have 1,400 already and the best spots have been built on.
- Our water supply can be better secured in the future by investing in our depleted aquifers, which are the only things large enough to replace the long-term storage that the Sierra snowpack used to provide.
- Groundwater storage provides a cost-effective, locally driven method of providing both seasonal and year to year water storage.
- A recent study by Stanford has shown that the funds in Chapter 8 of the Water Bond could provide 8.4 million acre-feet of storage if used for groundwater storage projects.
- Urge the Water Commission to make sure that groundwater storage projects and innovative local projects that build self-reliance — not outdated dams — are selected for funding.