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El Dorado Irrigation District Board Supports Water Bond for November 2014 Ballot

Post Date:10/16/2014 11:15 AM

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Contact: Mary Lynn Carlton, (530) 642-4103, mcarlton@eid.org 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Placerville, Calif. — At its meeting on October 14, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted to adopt a resolution supporting the $7.545 billion water bond measure set for the November 4, 2014 ballot and to forward the resolution to the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), to which EID belongs. Titled the “Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014,” the bond will appear as Proposition 1 on the ballot.

The District Board voted unanimously to support the measure, saying it contains much-needed funding for new surface and groundwater storage projects, regional water reliability, sustainable groundwater management and cleanup, water recycling, water conservation, watershed protection and safe drinking water, particularly for disadvantaged communities, and other programs that ACWA and its members have long advocated as part of a statewide comprehensive plan.

The bond measure was approved in a nearly unanimous bipartisan vote by the state legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown on August 13. Its backers consider it to be critical element of the state’s comprehensive water plan. A diverse array of interest groups supports the measure, including organizations representing water, agriculture, the environmental community, labor and business. The measure was supported unanimously by the ACWA Board of Directors on August 19.

“The EID Board supports the debt financing of major water projects that provide for increased water supply security and improve the reliability of our delivery infrastructure,” said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie. “The current drought has underscored the fact that we need a comprehensive, statewide water plan to create a more resilient water system and meet the coequal goals of improved water supply reliability and ecosystem health. If approved by voters, Proposition 1 will fund programs and projects throughout the state to help combat drought and other challenges,” said Abercrombie.

 

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EID is a public agency dedicated to providing high quality water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, hydropower, and recreation services in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.

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