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Modified Water Bond Measure May Finally Go Before Voters in November

| June 18, 2014
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A new version of a water bond slated for the 2010 ballot, yes, from four years ago, may finally go before voters in November.

That’s if lawmakers and the governor, plus all the other warring parties from farmers in the delta, to farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, from environmentalists to homeowners worried about their browning lawns, agree a compromise measure in the Legislature is the right one.

State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Martinez) represents parts of Contra Costa, Sonoma, Napa, Solano and Yolo counties, covering a big chunk of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. She’s lead author on the plan that would raise $10.5 billion for water projects.

She says the bill is a good one. “It helps every region of the state, and it harms no one,” Wolk said.

KQED’s Cy Musiker talked about Wolk’s proposal with Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick, a regular commenter on water policy.

Listen to the interview below:

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CY MUSIKER REPORTER Cyrus Musiker likes to tell stories. He co-hosts The Do List and covers arts and politics for KQED News and The California Report. Since he joined KQED in 1995, Cyrus has filled many jobs in the Newsroom, from anchor to  senior editor. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. Cyrus came to California from the East Coast for the mountains and the wine, and he still runs the East Bay Hills, hikes the Sierra and covers the wine business when he can. Email Cy: cmusiker@kqed.org Reach Cyrus Musiker at cmusiker@kqed.org.

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