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Water Bond Ballot Measure Update

TO:County Farm Bureau Presidents

County Farm Bureau Managers and Executive Directors

FROM: Jamie Johansson and Rich Matteis

DATE: May 3, 2018


At the CFBF Board meeting last week, after thorough discussion, the Board voted to support The Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018 (Meral Water Bond Initiative), which will be on the November 2018 ballot. At their March 22, 2018 meeting, the CFBF Water Committee also discussed this $8.877 billion bond measure at length and recommended the support position to the CFBF Board of Directors.

Farm Bureau has been actively engaged with Mr. Meral and others including agricultural stakeholders to offer suggestions to amend and improve the water bond initiative language throughout its development process. The measure is a comprehensive one addressing many issues, but four issues of key interest to Farm Bureau and others in agriculture are $750 million devoted to making improvements to the Friant Kern Canal to greatly improve its functional efficiency, funding in the amount of $675 million to assist GSA’s in performing their responsibilities under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, $300 million for flood control and $750 million to fund drinking water programs in the state.

Other agricultural and water interests in support of the measure include Western Growers, Tulare County Farm Bureau, California Fresh Fruit Association, American Pistachio Growers, California Dairies Inc., Friant Water Authority, California Rice Commission, Northern California Water Association, Association of California Water Agencies and a significant contingent of irrigation districts.

Please note that The Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018 (Meral Water Bond Initiative) on the November ballot mentioned above is not Proposition 68, a Parks, Environment and Water Bond on the June 2018 ballot which we are not supporting and is substantially a parks bond.

We wanted to get this information out for clarification in case you are contacted by those working on the campaign for either of these two measures. If you have questions please contact either of us at 916-561-5520.

cc: CFBF Board of Directors

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