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California Prop. 68 — Parks, climate, water & natural resources

Waterfall at McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Shasta County. ";


Prop 68 is all about the environment. It’s known as the Parks, Environment, and Water Bond. 


And if it’s approved, it would collect over $4 billion for those issues.


Here’s how it breaks down. About two thirds of the money would fund upgrades at state and local parks — everything from building more California hiking trails, to making parks easier to get to.


The remaining money would fund water projects ... such as flood protection, levee upgrades in the [Sacramento River] Delta, and water-recycling plants.

This money would not go toward building new dams, or Governor Brown’s big delta tunnels project.


Because of inflation, it’ll cost almost $8 billion to pay off.

The measure also requires that at least of 15 percent the bond’s funds go toward projects in low income communities.




Senate President Kevin DeLeon is the lead author of the measure. Governor Brown supports it, the Mercury News also came out in favor, and the Nature Conservancy has raised over $500,000 to promote it.  A handful of other environmental organizations are also on board — such as the Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Save The Redwoods League.



There isn’t anyone funding a “No on Prop. 68” campaign — but the Central Coast Taxpayers Association has declared their official opposition; they are worried about potential tax increases and state debt.




So, if you want to let the state borrow billions for a variety of environmental projects, vote yes. A no vote means you think this is too much — or even too little — to spend on improving parks and water projects.