Californians Have Paid Billions for Water Conservation

On the anniversary of the 25th annual Coastal Cleanup Day, Conserving California reminded residents of their investments in state beaches, ocean and coastline during the past nine years.

Californians have approved $15.5 billion in water and conservation bonds since 2000, with a significant portion of those funds dedicated to coastal projects.

"Coastal Cleanup Day is a visible demonstration of the love Californians have for the state's natural resources and their commitment to protecting its beaches, lakes and waterways. So too is Californians' continued support for investing in the state's land, water and parks. This strong support has made California the leading state in the nation in investments in beach water quality improvements," said Kaitilin Gaffney, Pacific Ecosystem program director, Ocean Conservancy.

Funds from past conservation measures are providing money for projects, such as stormwater runoff treatment projects that prevent toxic contamination and pollution of beaches and coastal waters. These programs are essential to protect public health and make it possible for residents and visitors to safely enjoy California's beaches and ocean waters.

Through the "Clean Beaches" Program alone, more than 100 coastal projects have received funding. Here are a few examples:

  • Loma Alta Creek, Oceanside: Received $5 million from Proposition 40 to construct an ultraviolet treatment facility to clean urban runoff;
  • Poche Beach, Orange County: Received $1.5 million from Proposition 40 to treat urban runoff;
  • Surfrider Beach/Malibu Lagoon, Malibu: Received more than $2 million from Proposition 13 to help treat urban runoff;
  • New Brighton/Seacliff Beaches, Santa Cruz County: Received more than $1.7 million from Proposition 40 to upgrade sewer system, protecting beach water quality and public health; and
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Received $1.5 million from Proposition 40 to divert urban runoff.

To see a complete listing of grants, visit www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/beaches/cbi_projects/index.shtml.

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