WILL PROPOSITION 1 SOLVE CALIFORNIA'S WATER CRISIS?
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (KABC) -- In November, California residents will vote on Proposition 1. The multi-billion-dollar water bond is supposed to help solve the state's water crisis, but opponents say it's a big waste of money.
As the state's water supplies continue to drop, Proposition 1 could change the way we deal with water for decades to come.
"We certainly are not prepared for the next drought, and we are barely getting through this one," said Jay Ziegler with the Nature Conservancy.
If enacted by voters, Proposition 1 would authorize $7.5 billion in borrowing to expand several reservoirs and build new dams. Proponents say it would also restore watersheds and repair the water supply infrastructure.
"We really see the importance of this bond and striking a much better balance in providing for water supply for fish and wildlife as well as for people," Ziegler said.
However, opponents say those dams could actually hurt some fish and wildlife. A group called Food & Water Watch held a protest Thursday in Beverly Hills outside the home of the owner of an agricultural business. People say the new dams and reservoirs would be used to help these businesses and not solve the water problems.
"This spends a lot of money, $2.7 billion on building dams for special corporate interests, and there is no water to put in those dams. If there was, all of that water is earmarked for corporations," said Brenna Norton with Food & Water Watch.
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