Here are arguments from three different sources:
NO on Proposition 1—The Water Bond
Proposition 1 will not give us the water we need. It will put us, our children, and our grandchildren deeper into debt. With interest (tax-free to the wealthy bond investors), the $7.5 billion bond will cost us $360 million each year for 40 years. 36% of the bond money is devoted to the construction of dams and pipelines that will send Sacramento River water to big agricultural companies in the Central Valley. Only 6.9% is earmarked for safe and clean drinking water, some of which will benefit low-income communities. There is no guaranteed funding for much needed projects to replace crumbling infrastructure (like sewer systems) in urban areas. Proposition 1 will not make rain fall from the sky. But it will take our money and use it for the benefit of big agricultural corporations, while building dams will impact the few natural resources we have left.
Hoopa Valley Tribe Opposes Proposition 1 by Dan Bacher
The Hoopa Tribal Council agreed across the table to oppose California’s ballot measure Prop. 1, Governor Jerry Brown’s $7.5 billion water bond.
Danielle Vigil-Masten, Chairwoman of the Hoopa Valley Tribe on the Trinity River, urges people to get out and Vote NO on Prop. 1.
“California – vote NO on California Prop. 1,” Vigil-Masten wrote on Facebook. “This bill will kill the natural ecosystem and rivers and tributaries on the North Coast. This is for money to construct a dam in Maxwell or in that area.”
“There has been no information provided about the damage this can cause to environment as well as to who will receive the benefit. It will also flood SACRED SITES of tribes,” she noted.
“Northern California does not have enough water to supply the State of California – it’s time for people to CONSERVE and use common sense to not build or grow farms where there is NO Water! Vote NO, and Stop this MADNESS! Please share this with everyone you know in the State of California! Water Warriors…..stand up now!” she emphasized.
The Hoopa Valley Tribe joins the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Pulga Rancheria Concow Maidu Indians and a broad coalition of fishing groups, grassroots environmental organizations, family farmers, consumer organizations and one union in opposition to Prop. 1.
Save water, save money – vote NO on Proposition 1!
The Case Against Prop 1 And A True Water Solution — NO on Prop 1!
- The Case Against Proposition 1 – State Water Bond – A Bad Investment
Proposition 1 (the state Water Bond) is a bad investment for California and a burden to taxpayers. It does not mitigate the effects of drought, and it does nothing to establish long-term water self-sufficiency. Vote NO on Proposition 1.
Proposition 1 is expensive. Prop. 1 puts California deeper and deeper into debt. California taxpayers will need to pay $15 billion for these changes. California is already a staggering $770 billion in debt. Prop. 1 will cost $360 million a year for the next 40 years.
Prop. 1 is a taxpayer giveaway. It will expand our debt and takes needed funds away from education and our schools, health care, and other priorities.
Prop. 1 will not solve our water problems. It will divert more water from our rivers and streams, make our environment less stable and expose us to new problems.
Prop. 1’s expense will go to build projects that will NOT solve our water problem, but will benefit wealthy agriculture corporations who want more access to California’s water.
We should not go into debt to build projects for billion-dollar farming conglomerates.
Continue: Read the Case Against Prop 1.
- A True Water Solution
Prop 1 is a corporate water grab for special interests. Californians deserve sustainable water solutions. If Prop 1’s authors wanted to help Californians, the water bond would:
Fund the Development of a Real Water Budget
Calfiornia’s water supply is currently over-committed by more than 5 times in a normal year. Any real water solution must start with a true accounting of our water supply, who controls it, and how that water is used. Only with a deep understanding of our water supply can we plan for fair and reliable access to water for all Californians. Prop 1 offers only minimal funding for this solution.
Improve Infrastructure to Stop Water Loss
A real water solution involves smart steps to avoid water waste. The water bond should help pay to remove old plumbing and replace it with low-flow options and new devices that tell users how much water they’re using. In addition, 10-20% of municipal water supplies are lost through water main breaks; Prop 1 should fund the installation of wireless underground systems that track these breaks for fast repair. Most importantly, the bond should prioritize funds to repair and upgrade aging underground water delivery systems, which would regain over 500,000 acre feet of water annually. Prop 1 offers only minimal funding for this solution.
Provide for Local Water Capture and Storage
A real water solution would pay to install new infrastructure like cisterns to capture and store sudden or intense rains on public, business and residential properties across our communities. Prop 1 offers only minimal funding for this solution.
Fund Incentives to Conserve
50% of water in urban areas is used for landscaping. A real water solution should provide incentives to homeowners to switch to drought-resistant landscaping. In addition, agriculture uses 80% of water in California. The water bond should help farmers save water by installing drip irrigation everywhere possible, reducing agricultural use to sixty percent. Prop 1 does not offer this solution.
Repurpose Toxic, Inappropriate Farmland
Much California agriculture takes place on dry, polluted land that drains into rivers. A real water solution would save hundreds of thousands of acre-feet per year by buying out these farms and helping their owners convert the land to profitable solar or wind energy production. Prop 1 offers only minimal funding for this solution.
Mitigate Predicted Reduced Water Supply
Sierra watersheds are expected to see a 21% reduction in flow over the next 70 years due to climate change. A real water solution funds watershed restoration at headwater sites to help increase water production. Prop 1 offers only minimal funding for this solution.