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California Water Bond Won't Create New Water

Statement by Adam Scow, California Director, Food & Water Watch

OAKLAND - “Food & Water Watch is disappointed with the $7.5 billion water bond passed by the State Legislature and Governor Brown, now slated for the November ballot. While this bond will not solve California's water problems, it will stick taxpayers with serious debt. The bond prioritizes $2.7 billion of taxpayer dollars on wasteful dam projects: spending money to pour more concrete won’t create a drop of new water or increase water use efficiency. An investment in dams is an investment in private interests, not in the public interest. 

“In addition, the bond would funnel taxpayer money to purchase more water for big agriculture interests on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, where corporations are exporting water-intensive crops grown on toxic soil. Meanwhile, the Brown administration has yet to take serious action to promote water efficiency and stop the over-pumping of our groundwater.  

This bond measure fails to respond to the current drought and relies on solutions from the last century.”

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