Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, and Natural Resources Protection Bond Act of 2020

By Eleanor Boling posted 02-10-2020 12:16 PM


As previously reported, Governor Gavin Newsom included a proposed $4.75 billion “Climate Bond” as an integral part of his January 2020-21 proposed State Budget. As anticipated, the administration has now placed proposed bond language in a budget trailer bill. This is significant, as whatever bond language and allocations eventually are passed and signed by the Governor will be determined through a Legislative Budget Conference Committee process at the leadership level.


Governor Newsom’s budget trailer bill language is now available but has yet to be assigned a bill number. Most of the language is a basic outline for funding and will be further developed as it moves through the legislative process.


CSDA will depend on member input to guide our advocacy. Please review the language and email CSDA Legislative Representative Alyssa Silhi at with your feedback. We want to know what elements of the bond would be valuable to your district, what could be added to help your district, and what should be amended.


Bond proceeds will be allocated as follows:


  • Chapter 2: Supporting Safe Drinking Water and Resilience to Flood and Drought: $2,925,000,000 for providing safe and clean drinking water and resilience to flood and drought (See Section 80220). This allocation is broken down as follows:
  • $1,000,000,000 to the Department of Water Resources and Water Board for grants or loans to support regional and inter-regional water resilience programs and projects – this funding is intended to support the regional approach identified in the Water Resilience Portfolio (See Section 80221).
  • $395,000,000 to the Department of Water Resources for competitive grants to projects that support sustainable groundwater management implementation (See Section 80222).
  • $360,000,000 to the Water Board for competitive grants or loans to help provide clean, safe and reliable drinking water to all Californians, pursuant to the same purposes of the Clean, Safe and Reliable Drinking Water fund (See Section 80223).
  • $340,000,000 to the Department of Water Resources for flood Infrastructure projects (See Section 80224).
  • $270,000,000 to the Department of Water Resources for Central Valley and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta multi-benefit flood control projects (See Section 80225).
  • $220,000,000 to the Natural Resources Agency for restoration activities identified in the Salton Sea Management Program (See Section 80226).
  • $200,000,000 to the Department of Food and Agriculture for projects and competitive grants to support environmental farming projects. (See Section 80227)
  • $140,000,000 to the Department of Fish and Wildlife for project and competitive grants that enhance or restore native fish species habitat (See Section 80228).


  • Chapter 3: Wildfire Resilience Through Forest Health and Community Preparedness: $750,000,000 for wildfire resilience (See Section 80230). This allocation is broken down as follows:
  • $250,000,000 to the Department of Forestry and fire Protection for competitive grants for projects that reduce the risk of wildfire and provide long-term forest health benefits (See Section 80231).
  • $500,000,000 to the Office of Emergency Services, managed in coordination with the Natural Resources Agency and the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, for competitive grants for hardening critical community infrastructure (See Section 80232).


  • Chapter 4: Minimizing Threats Posed to Coastal Resources and Communities from Sea Level Rise and Changing Ocean Conditions: $500,000,000 for competitive grants to the Ocean Protection Council (See Section 80240). This allocation is broken down as follows:
  • $320,000,000 for projects and competitive grants that restore coastal wetlands (See Section 80241).
  • $130,000,000 for competitive grants that use nature-based solutions to address climate change impacts to California’s ocean ecosystems (See Section 80242).
  • $50,000,000 for competitive grants for demonstration projects protecting critical infrastructure that is vulnerable to sea level rise and flooding (See Section 80243).


  • Chapter 5: Mitigating Extreme Heat: $325,000,000 for mitigating extreme heat impacts (See Section 80250). This allocation is broken down as follows:
  • $200,000,000 to the Natural Resources Agency for competitive grants for urban greening and forestry projects (See Section 80251).
  • $125,000,000 to the Strategic Growth Council, in collaboration with the Department of Transportation, for competitive grants to support projects that provide for cool surface materials (See Section 80252).


  • Chapter 6: Supporting Community Resilience: $250,000,000 to the Strategic Growth Council for community resilience (See Section 80260). This allocation is broken down as follows:
  • $225,000,000 for the development of community resilience centers (See Section 80261).
  • $25,000,000 for competitive grants that support community resilience planning efforts (See Section 80262).


  • Chapter 7: Fiscal Provisions: Bond issuance procedures and mechanisms necessary for the State Treasurer and the Department of Finance to implement the bond act (See Section 80280).


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