A step in the right direction for our state’s future ​

Just as we are swift to condemn policies that harm business, we are equally committed to praising those who create solutions to our state’s problems.

That is why we invite you to join us in raising a glass of crystal clear water to our lawmakers in Sacramento who wisely put Proposition 1 on the November 4 ballot. Proposition 1 is a bond measure that would direct approximately $7.5 billion to improve the state’s ability to store water, protect watersheds, clean up groundwater and provide a host of other projects to shore up our supply infrastructure.

Is Proposition 1 perfect? No. But passage is crucial to ensuring California’s 38 million residents have access to safe water for drinking and for our agricultural industry. Our representatives in Sacramento toned down the rhetoric, amended out the pork and acted in the state’s best interest to place Proposition 1 on the ballot. With rain and snowfall totals far below average the past few years, the bipartisan measure passed the Senate unanimously and the Assembly 77-2.

If passed by voters, Proposition 1 would allocate $7.5 billion in bond debt to finance projects such as:

  • $2.7 billion for surface and groundwater storage
  • $1.49 billion for watershed protection and restoration
  • $900 million for groundwater cleanup
  • $725 million for water recycling
  • $395 million for flood management

Proposition 1 is supported by a broad coalition that ranges from your San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, California Farm Bureau Coalition, California League of Conservation Voters, the California Democratic Party and the California Republican Party. Gov. Brown and U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are in strong support.

This is the kind of cooperation we need to get our state moving again.

San Francisco has been rebuilding its Hetch Hetchy water delivery system for more than a decade. The city and our Peninsula partners had the foresight to overhaul the system in the event of an earthquake or drought.

Now it’s time for all voters to stand up and, through the power of the vote, demand that California take steps toward modernizing the water delivery system. Proposition 1 won’t make it rain or snow, but it will improve our ability to capture and conserve a vital resource.