Duck’s Unlimited’s Western Region Office released the following statement late Wednesday regarding the recently approved water bond in California, which will now be placed before the voters in November:
Ducks Unlimited congratulates the governor and the California legislature on today’s passage of a state water bond that will directly benefit Pacific Flyway waterfowl for generations to come. The bond contains funding for the state’s cost-sharing obligations for refuges under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, as well as funding to alleviate refuge water shortages in the Klamath basin and ease Northern California water concerns.
These investments will help provide a welcome relief for waterfowl and other migratory birds, as well as sportsmen and others concerned with the well being of California’s natural resources. Additionally, by allocating $2.7 billion towards water storage, the state’s leaders are making a significant investment in California’s infrastructure that will aid citizens and wildlife alike during future drought conditions.
“We are pleased that legislators and the governor made it a priority to provide for California’s natural resources and our partners in agriculture,” said Mark Biddlecomb, director of Ducks Unlimited’s Western Region. “This is a well-balanced bond, one that will benefit urban and rural citizens, provide our burgeoning population’s need for more storage, and provide much-needed funding for habitat restoration and water-use efficiency.”