Voting Yes on Measure S will provide enhanced drinking water security for millions of South Bay residents. It will make sure that Santa Clara County residents are better protected from the next disaster that hits the Bay Area, including droughts, earthquakes, wildfires, and landslides.
Climate change poses a major threat to our water supply and we need to do more to prepare for future generations. Yes on Measure S in Santa Clara does just that. Specifically, Measure S renews and builds upon the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s existing Safe, Clean Water Program special parcel tax of about $67 per home that voters approved overwhelmingly by 74 percent in 2012.
Without raising taxes, the measure will fund natural solutions to improve flood protection, rehabilitate wildlife habitat, and protect creeks and the Bay from trash and other pollution. For upgrading aging water lines and dams, a key priority is a retrofit of Anderson Dam to safely withstand a large earthquake and ensure a reliable water supply for drinking, preventing floods, and battling wildfires.
Additionally, ongoing funding will help disadvantaged communities through flood protection, pollution prevention, community beautification, and access to safe, clean water to better ensure equity and environmental justice for our most vulnerable neighborhoods.
Greenbelt Alliance is pleased to join local residents and environmental groups along with labor, business, and community leaders and elected officials in endorsing Yes on Measure S in Santa Clara County.