The Western Growers Association (WGA) will contribute $250,000 to help pass California’s Proposition 1 ballot proposal – a.k.a. the water bond measure.
California voters will go the polls Nov. 4 to give thumbs up or down to the water bond measure proposal.
WGA also asked its members to pony up and match the organization's contribution for a possible combined one-half-million dollar investment toward Prop 1’s passage.
In a statement, WGA President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nassif said, “The water bond has been a major priority for California agriculture for many years, and now that the time has finally come for California voters to determine its fate, Western Growers and several other industry organizations are working together to make sure we do our part.”
Governor Brown has taken ownership of the campaign to pass Proposition 1 and is fully committed, Nassif says.
Prop 1 provides $7.5 billion in funding for various California water projects. And if approved, funding could be used in many regions of the state.
According to WGA, the benefits of Prop 1 to agriculture include:
- $2.7 billion for the public benefit costs of large surface storage and groundwater storage projects;
- $800 million for groundwater cleanup projects which helps reduce pressure from urban agencies to take ag water;
- $725 million for water recycling projects including current efforts on the Central Coast to provide ‘new’ irrigation water by treating urban and ag wastewater, plus desalination;
- Approximately $550 million for projects in watersheds which feed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta which will increase flows into the Delta and to the state and federal pumps;
- $100 million to fund groundwater management planning which the new groundwater legislation requires for San Joaquin Valley (SJV) and coastal water agencies; and
- $520 million for safe drinking water programs. Much of it will be used in the SJV and Salinas Valley with major nitrate contamination.
Nassif says Prop 1 represents the first commitment by the State of California in many years to fund real water projects that will help the agricultural industry.
“We must not let this historic opportunity slip out of our grasp,” Nassif concluded.