San Francisco Chronicle

Word change will help California capture storm water

The Legislature needs to pass and the governor needs to sign Senate Bill 1298

August 19, 2016

When is water not water? When it falls from the sky and becomes storm water. Then it’s treated as toxic and wasted. But capturing storm water in Southern California and the Bay Area could increase the state’s stored water enough to supply Los Angeles for a year.

Despite the abundant benefits, raising funds to build storm water capture (and flood control) improvements has proved difficult because of the unintended consequences of a ballot initiative approved by voters in 1996 that sought to provide transparency on taxes and fees.

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has proposed a simple and necessary change that adjusts state law so cities, counties and local water agencies can more easily finance and build projects to capture storm water. The Legislature needs to pass and the governor needs to sign Senate Bill 1298.

California State Senate Majority Caucus © 2015 | Privacy Policy | Accessibility Statement | Register to Vote