A $5 billion water bond introduced by state lawmakers earlier this month will include funds for the Salton Sea, according to Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez’s office.
The new amendments designate $500 million to three water projects including the Salton Sea Quantification Settlement Agreement, the San Joaquin River Restoration and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement.
“My position has been that the State cannot overlook its commitments related to Salton Sea mitigation, that they must be built into the bond,” Pérez, D-Coachella, said in a statement. “The new amendments, together with the competitive funding available in the bond, demonstrate that the State intends to keep its word to our communities. I’m very pleased and appreciative that the Committee took my concerns seriously and responded so quickly to my request. ”
The changes are the latest revisions to the water bond which was originally introduced as an $11 billion package and abandoned due to lack of public support. The 2009 bond included $100 million for projects for California’s largest inland body of water, but it was not immediately clear whether the new plan would.
The 2014 framework will also include $750 million for spending and grants related to ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration under which the Salton Sea qualifies to vie for funding.
Pérez testified before the Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife for securing Salton Sea funds earlier this month, saying that Salton Sea obligations should be included in the bond so they can be fulfilled.