Insights into Proposition 1: The 2014 California Water Bond

Published: October 2014

Authors: Heather Cooley, Peter Gleick, and Kristina Donnelly

Pages: 18



This report provides a comprehensive analysis of Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, which was approved by California voters in November 2014. Written just before the bill was approved by voters, it analyzes the bond’s key provisions and their potential impacts, explaining how funds would be allocated, including how the water storage funds might be divided among competing projects. It also describes how the bond would address the needs of disadvantaged communities and ecosystems.

The authors note that passage of Proposition 1 would be just the beginning of much-needed long-term investment to fund better institutions, smarter planning, and more effective water management strategies in the state.