The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84) authorizes $5.388 billion in general obligation bonds to fund safe drinking water, water quality and supply, flood control, waterway and natural resource protection, water pollution and contamination control, state and local park improvements, public access to natural resources, and water conservation efforts.
The Public Resources Code 75071, part of Proposition 84, requires the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Wildlife Conservation Board, and the State Coastal Conservancy to give priority to projects (for the purpose of natural resource protection) that demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:
- Landscape/Habitat Linkages;
- Watershed Protection;
- Properties that support relatively large areas of under-protected major habitat types;
- Properties that provide habitat linkages between two or more major biological regions of the state;
- Properties for which there is a non-state matching contribution toward the acquisition, restoration, stewardship or management costs;
In addition, for natural resources protection acquisitions, the above departments are required fourteen days before approving an acquisition to post an explanation as to how the proposed project meets the criteria. The following postings provide the required information: