A coalition of agricultural and irrigation interests has formed a political action committee to boost a ballot proposal that would dedicate state funding to water infrastructure. The More Water Now campaign touts the initiative as solving California’s water supply challenges “by rebuilding and expanding California’s water system. All of it. Everywhere.”
"When confronting climate change, or just a prolonged drought, there simply isn’t enough capacity left in California’s water system," the group argues. "There isn’t any one solution to water scarcity in California, and it’s time to think big."
The proposal would set aside 2% of the state’s general taxpayer fund for water projects that would increase overall supply. Under the current budget, that would add up to about $3.5 billion per year. The initiative is set to receive a title and summary from the attorney general within days, triggering the clock for collecting a million signatures before May to qualify for the November 2022 ballot.
The coalition has gained endorsements from several Central Valley moderate Democrats and most Republicans.