OPINION: Water Bond Conflict Heats Up, Of Course

As the Water Commission crept closer this week to actually spending the water storage money voters approved in 2014, things predictably got ugly. What the commission did this week is determined the public benefit of the 12 projects that were seeking the $2.7 billion in Proposition 1 that was earmarked for water storage. The problem is, it wasn’t just earmarked for water storage. It was earmarked only for water storage that provide five defined public benefits: ecosystem benefits, water quality, flood control, emergency response and recreation.