(New River funds added to Water Bond Bill)….. The Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee approved the Bill this week.
Assemblyman Manuel Perez says he was able to add $10 million to AB 2554 before it was approved by the Committee. The Assemblyman says the funds could be used for New River improvement efforts. Last year Perez was able to amend the Water Bond Bill to designate $500 million to fulfill commitments made by the state under the Quantification Settlement Agreement Salton Sea mitigation. In addition, he says $750 million is authorized in the bond for expenditures and grants for ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects, under the protecting rivers, lakes, streams and watersheds chapter, with the Salton Sea specifically referenced as an eligible watershed to compete for funding. Once the Water Bond Bill makes it through the legislative process, it will be placed on the ballot for a public vote.