Aug 23, 2014 11:27 AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Descriptions of the state land conservancies that will split $297.5 million if voters approve the Proposition 1 water measure on the November ballot:
- Baldwin Hills Conservancy, $10 million: Manages urban parkland west of downtown Los Angeles and the Ballona Creek watershed, including a scenic overlook, a sports complex and hiking trails. Says water bond funding could boost water recycling to irrigate parkland and cemeteries, wildlife habitats and reduce pollution running into Santa Monica Bay.
- California Tahoe Conservancy, $15 million: Manages land to prevent development along Lake Tahoe and create bike trails and parks. Says water bond funding can restore Upper Truckee River watershed and capture storm water to protect Tahoe's clarity from sediment pollution.
- Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy, $10 million: Manages desert land between Palm Springs and the Salton Sea, including river beds and storm channels. Says water bond funding could help buy land to preserve natural drainage into aquifers during flash floods.
- San Diego River Conservancy, $17 million. Manages land along the San Diego River, including a parkway that is expanding from 17 miles to 52. Says water bond funding could help anti-pollution efforts and to buy land essential for finishing trails and preventing harmful runoff.
- San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, $30 million: Manages 43-mile San Gabriel River parkway, which includes a bike trail and plans to increase access to trails. Says bond could support storm water runoff projects to limit pollution from reaching the river and water recycling projects to irrigate parkland. A state audit in 2009 questioned more than $1 million in spending from a previous bond, including $55,000 for lobbying.
- San Joaquin River Conservancy, $10 million: Manages and develops a planned 22-mile river parkway. Says water bond funding can benefit restoration programs for salmon and bring back wildlife habitats along the river.
- Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, $30 million: Manages property in Los Angeles River watershed and Santa Clara. Says water bond money would be used to restore areas that capture storm water runoff and to buy land along streams and tributaries to prevent pollution. A state audit in 2004 said the conservancy mismanaged $7 million in bond funds and spent excessively on overhead.
- Sierra Nevada Conservancy, $25 million: Does not own land but funds forest restoration projects to capture more snowmelt for reservoirs and replenish groundwater. Says the water bond money could be used to fund programs that help clear overgrown forests, which in turn could reduce the damage done by future wildfires and preserve soil that otherwise would run into waterways.
- State Coastal Conservancy, $100.5 million: Funds environmental restoration, climate change adaptation and beach access projects along the entire coastline. Says water bond can fund wetland restoration projects that can recharge groundwater basins.
- Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, $50 million: Created in 2009 to restore economically sensitive land in the state's most important watershed. Says the water bond can fund habitat restoration and wildlife projects.
Source: Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.
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