The 2014 Proposition 1 water bond includes nearly $500 million for stream flow enhancement projects and watershed restoration projects that can benefit flows. The administration of Proposition 1 funds could change the model of public funding for flows. CCKA and California Waterkeepers empower local stakeholders who know California rivers, creeks and communities best — Native American tribes, river-dependent communities, sport and commercial fishing operations, and many recreational and tourism businesses — to shape the ways that these investments are made and achieve permanent, binding and quantifiable instream flow dedications. Our organizations have developed a specific set of “core flow funding priorities” that will serve as a guiding framework to focus outreach with partners, agency staff, and other water stakeholders. We also worked with economists at Ecosystem Economics to survey and analyze relative costs and benefits of various flow restoration strategies and projects employed to date. Download the report here.
CCKA advances integrated water resources management strategies to protect water supplies. Local Waterkeepers work to ensure that state and local agencies are protecting the public trust and defending against the wasteful or unreasonable use of rivers and streams.