Vote for a better outdoor California

Prop. 68 will support parks, clean water, and all kinds of conservation across the Golden State

Prop. 68 will create more opportunities for Californians to enjoy the great outdoors.

Audubon California has long fought to protect California’s birds and natural landscapes – and encourage more people to experience these treasures – and that is why our organization emphatically supports Proposition 68 -- the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018. The measure will go before voters on June 5.

Background

This critical opportunity comes at a time when millions of Californians don’t have access to safe parks, trails, and recreation areas. Demand for local parks has exceeded available funding by a factor of 8-to-1, with particularly high need in urban, disadvantaged communities.

Moreover, the cycle of drought and extreme weather is already taking a toll on California’s natural treasures, and threatened our communities with flooding and ecological degradation. These same forces have also exposed our state’s antiquated water infrastructure, bringing into doubt our ability to provide clean, safe, and reliable drinking water to our residents.

Lastly, with most of the bond funding for vital conservation programs running out in the last few years, it is time for Californians to make the next investment in the protection of the natural resources that have made us the envy of the world.

The opportunity

Audubon California was part of a broad coalition of organizations working closely with lawmakers to put the $4 billion parks and water bond on the June 5, 2018, primary ballot in California. The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 will support of parks, protect natural resources and wildlife, increase drought and flood protection, and supply safe, clean water throughout the state.

The parks and water bond includes funding for a broad array of conservation priorities:

$2.83 billion for parks and natural resources funding

  • Investments in park-poor neighborhoods
  • Much-needed maintenance for state parks
  • Trails and creek restoration
  • Funding for critical restoration at the Salton Sea

$1.27 billion for water reliability

  • Clean drinking water projects
  • Groundwater clean-up and sustainability
  • Flood protection, including multi-benefit flood projects

$767 million for state conservancies

  • Vital landscape-scale conservation work
  • Ocean, bay, and coastal protection

$442 million for climate adaptation

  • Projects to ensure habitat connectivity
  • Collaborations on climate-smart farm practices
  • Rivers and waterways restoration

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Citing multiple benefits to conservation, Audubon California strongly supports Proposition 68
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Citing multiple benefits to conservation, Audubon California strongly supports Proposition 68

— $4 billion bond measure on the June ballot will provide critical funding for parks, habitat, clean water, and the Salton Sea.

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