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

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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.

 

SUPPORTERS:

 

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.

OPPONENTS:

 

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.

 

YOUR VOTE:

 

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.