OUR STATE is facing frequent and severe droughts, wildfires, the impacts of climate change, and a lack of support from the federal government to protect our water and natural areas. In addition, its globally recognized state park system is crumbling.
FIFTEEN YEARS have passed since California voters approved the last substantive park bond. Today, the state park infrastructure is aging and time is running out to make the critical repairs necessary to ensure access and preserve and protect our natural, cultural and historical resources. Decreased and unpredictable annual operating funding has left the state parks system with a more than $1 billion backlog in deferred maintenance needs.
PROP. 68, THE CLEAN WATER AND SAFE PARKS ACT, places a park bond before voters in June 2018. It is a general obligation bond that invests $4 billion in the coming years to address some of California’s most important water, park, and natural resource needs, including roughly $218 million for state park purposes. Read the Prop. 68 Investment Priorities.
How can you help?
- Join the Yes on 68 Coalition. By joining this broad, bipartisan coalition of conservation groups, local park advocates, water experts, and business organizations, you or your organization can be listed as an endorser of the Prop. 68.
- Download the Californians for Clean Water and Safe Parks Endorsement Form. You can also forward this form on to any organization you feel would be willing to join the Prop. 68 movement.
- Download the Yes on 68 Supporter Starter Pack, which contains sample content for Facebook and Twitter, website copy, and customizable email language.
For more information about supporting Prop. 68, contact Sempervirens Fund Director of Communications Ryan Masters at 650-949-1453 ext. 207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Californians from all walks of life love, and need, parks. After 15 years of neglect, it is time to again infuse some funding into our parks to ensure they are safe, accessible to all and able to properly manage the incredible resources we entrust to their care.”
– Sara Barth, Executive Director, Sempervirens Fund