October 28, 2013 – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has joined other legislators that represent coastal districts in calling for explicit inclusion of coastal waters in the 2014 water bond. The members, led by Stone, urged the authors of the water bond to provide adequate funding for projects that would ensure coastal water infrastructure and protection of coastal ecosystems.
“We must secure the long-term health of California’s coast,” Stone wrote in a letter addressed to the water bond bill authors. “[W]e strongly urge you to explicitly include the protection and restoration of coastal waters, including bays, marine estuaries and nearshore ecosystems, as well as coastal water projects in future versions of the bond.”
Stone submitted the letter to Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, authors of the two bills that delineate the allowable uses of water bond funds and, if passed, would place the bond on the 2014 ballot. Coastal legislators from San Diego to the Bay Area signed on to the letter in support.
Stone chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection, which has held a series of informational hearings that included discussions about water quality on the coast, as well as impacts of sea level rise and climate change on coastal water supply systems.