Water In November's Election

Finish the Job Before Drought Strikes Again

When it comes to California and water, our job is never done. November’s election gives California voters another chance to show how important a safe, reliable and certain water supply is to our families, our communities, our food producers and California’s environment.

Proposition 3 on the November Ballot completes the job begun by 2014’s Proposition 1 water bond measure and June 2018’s Proposition 68. It funds projects that help California’s water supply, water conveyance, groundwater sustainability and storage, as well as pay the costs of water conservation rebate programs.

Leading up to the vote, CalWA is collecting links to important news articles and editorials about Proposition 3 that will help those interested in water policy understand the measure in depth. We’re also providing related links to other information sources, including the voter’s information data and Proposition 3’s proponents’ website.

All this good information will help you make a difference when you vote on November 6.


Proposition 3 is a citizen’s bond measure and $8.8 billion dollar ballot initiative by proponents in favor of providing Californians with safe, clean water and securing a safe, reliable water supply and good water infrastructure so that the state and its people are protected from its frequent droughts. Those who support Proposition 3 include a coalition of cities, counties, elected officials of both parties, food producers, environmental and conservation organizations and labor groups that know water is the key to California’s future. Proposition 3 provides critical funds for improving water quality for up to a million Californians now drinking from unsafe and unhealthy water supply sources. The measure also provides funds to repair important aqueducts and improve operational efficiency of the State Water Project’s Central Valley operations.

Read the Legislative Analyst’s Summary of Proposition 3

Read the Proponents and Opponents Official Ballot Statements


The California Water Alliance endorses the passage of Proposition 3

Members of Congress
Jim Costa
John Garamendi
Jackie Speir
Mike Thompson
David Valadao

Members of the State Legislature
Senator Toni Atkins, Senate President Pro Tempore
Senator Bill Dodd
Senator Jerry Hill
Senator Nancy Skinner
Senator Scott Wiener
Senator Andy Vidak
Assemblymember Marc Berman
Assemblymember Anna Caballero
Assemblymember David Chiu
Assemblymember Steve Glazier
Assemblymember Devon Mathis
Assemblymember Jim Patterson
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
Assemblymember Phil Ting
Assemblymember Bill Quirk

Full List of Proposition 3’s Supporters and Endorsers


Proposition 3 deserves your attention | October 23, 2018 – The Union

The Conservative and Fiscally Responsible Vote on Proposition 3 is YES | October 23, 2018 – Fox & Hounds

Lingering woes persist for Californians long after drought ended | October 22, 2018 – The Downey Patriot 

Water security guarantees our food supply. Vote yes on Proposition 3 | October 19, 2018 – The Fresno Bee

First response to climate change: More water storage | October 18, 2018 – Compton Herald 

Letter: Prop. 3 is good for Santa Clara County | October 17, 2018 – The Mercury News

Commentary: Proposition 3 water bond represents important step | October 17, 2018 – AgAlert

Letter: Proposition 3 good for Northern California | October 16, 2018 – Enterprise-Record

In California, Prop. 3 Is a Billion-Dollar Fix for Stubborn Water Woes | October 15, 2018 – Water Deeply

Proposition 3: $8.9 Billion Water Bond Covers Laundry List of Projects | October 11, 2018 – Good Day Sacramento

California water woes: Ballot measure aims at solutions, but at a steep cost | October 5, 2018 – The San Francisco Chronicle

Need to know: Proposition 3, the water bonds | October 3, 2018 – ABC10.com

Water bond flowing with Valley solutions | October 3, 2018 – The Sun-Gazette

Yes on Prop 3: Protecting water supplies | October 3, 2018 – The Press Democrat

California Prop. 3 — vote yes to pay for watershed, water supply and water projects | October 1, 2018 – The San Francisco Chronicle

Election 2018: California Proposition 3 Would Fund Water Infrastructure Projects with Bonds | October 1, 2018 – KQED

Proposition 3 will pay for a multitude of water needs | October 1, 2018 – The Sacramento Bee

What is Proposition 3 and what does it mean for Kern County? Supporters and opponents weigh in | September 29, 2018 – KGET.com

Voters must decide on water bond | September 28, 2018 – The Siskiyou Daily News

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