Key Legislation

Legislation of key interest to the Water Authority is listed on this page.

To view all current state and federal legislation on which the Water Authority has adopted positions, visit our Positions and Actions page.

State Legislation

On November 4, 2009, the state Legislature passed landmark legislation known as the Bay-Delta bill package. The enactment of the Bay-Delta bill package was a historic accomplishment for water and will advance Bay-Delta policy as well as statewide water conservation and enforcement of water rights. The bill package included a bond measure and four policy bills. 

Water Bond
Senate Bill No. 2 in the 7th Extraordinary Session of 2009 (SBX7-2)
(Senator Cogdill): Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010

With the passing in 2009 of SBX7-2 (Cogdill) The Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010, an $11.4 billion general obligation bond measure was approved to be placed before voters for projects that achieve the co-equal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration. The bond measure was set to be included on the November 2, 2010 general election ballot as Proposition 18, The Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010. The Legislature has since voted twice to delay the water bond, first moving it to the November 2012 ballot, and then, more recently, to the November 2014 ballot. Content of the bond measure was left unchanged.  Speculation continues as to what might occur this year in terms of renegotiating the 2014 water bond measure.  It is anticipated that the 2014 water bond will be smaller. 

The water bond, as currently written and if approved by voters, would provide considerable direct and indirect help towards improving water supply and water quality in San Diego County. The bond measure provides $227 million for projects in San Diego County, including $100 million for water supply reliability projects, $87 million for integrated regional water management, and $40 million for watershed projects. The San Diego region would also be eligible to compete for $3.5 billion in competitive grants in various categories.