Governor Releases Proposed 2018-19 Budget with Funding for Key Water Projects by Will Holbert Jan 10, 2018 Water News Gov. Jerry Brown today released a proposed $190.3 billion spending plan that includes funding for several key water-related issues. Below are some highlights. $4.7 million to set up a safe drinking water fund consistent with the framework of SB 623 (Monning) to address the lack of safe drinking water in some disadvantaged communities. ACWA strongly opposes the tax on drinking water proposed in SB 623; $63 million in bond funding, if approved by voters in June, would fund capital costs for safe drinking water projects in disadvantaged communities; $61.8 million (assuming passage of bond funding in June) for the work of groundwater sustainability agencies operating under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA); $84 million (assuming passage of bond funding in June) for the State Water Board to support regional groundwater treatment and remediation activities that prevent or reduce contamination of groundwater that is a source of drinking water. $98.5 million (assuming the passage of bond funding in June) for flood control projects that achieve public safety, along with fish and wildlife improvements. Overall, the new budget proposes a $190.3 billion spending plan. The budget is remarkable for setting aside $5 billion for the state’s rainy day fund, building it up to $13.5 billion. A full summary of the governor’s budget proposal can be found at www.ebudget.ca.gov. ACWA staff is in the process of evaluating the budget and will provide more information to members in the coming days.