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Information on Previous Bonds for Water-Related Projects and Programs

Agencies' Tables of Remaining Balances from Previous Bonds
(water-related projects and programs, in millions)

  • Department of Water Resources ($1,061 million) (updated August 2013) Includes funds from Propositions 25 (1984), 44 (1986), 81 & 82 (1988), 204 (1996), 13 (2000), 50 (2002), 84 & 1E (2006)
  • State Water Resources Control Board ($66 million) (updated June 2013) Includes funds from Propositions 204, 13, 40 (2002), 50 and 84
  • Department of Fish and Wildlife ($105 million) (updated April 2013) Includes funds from Propositions 204, 12 (2000), 13, 50 and 84
  • Department of Public Health ($123 million) (updated May 2013) Includes funds from Propositions 50 and 84

    Note:  A bond Proposition is an authority for the state to raise revenues by selling bonds for the purposes and in the amounts specified in the Proposition.  General Obligation bonds ("G.O. bonds") are in essence loans to the state of money by the bond holder who will then be repaid with interest. G.O. Bonds are secured on the full faith and credit of the State and repaid as the first priority of the State General Fund. 

               Reporting how much bond funding "remains" can be complex because bonds can be "authorized" by a Proposition but not yet appropriated by the Legislature to an agency. Or they can be appropriated to an Agency but not yet encumbered (designated) for a specific project. Or they can be encumbered, but all or part are not yet liquidated (sold to create actual cash). If a project does not go foward in a timely manner, unliquidated funds may revert back for the agency to reincumber or, depending on the timing, may revert back for the Legislature to reappropriate.  

Full Titles of Bond Propositions Referenced Above

  • Proposition 25:   Clean Water Bond Law of 1984
  • Proposition 44:   Water Conservation & Water Quality Bond Law of 1986
  • Proposition 81:   California Safe Drinking Water Bond Law of 1988
  • Proposition 82:   Water Conservation Bond Law of 1988
  • Proposition 204: Safe, Clean, Reliable Water Supply Act of 1996
  • Proposition 12:   Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air, & Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2000
  • Proposition 13:   Safe Drinking Water, Clean Water, Watershed Protection, & Flood Protection Bond Act of 2000
  • Proposition 40:   Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks & Coastal Protection Act of 2002
  • Proposition 50:   Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal, & Beach Protection Act of 2002
  • Proposition 84:   Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality & Supply, Flood Control, River & Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006
  • Proposition 1E:   Disaster Preparedness & Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006

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