Prop 68 - The California Parks, Environment, and Water Bond


Proposition 68 would authorize $4 billion in general obligation bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection and restoration projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood protection projects. The California Clean Water & Parks Act (SB5) will appear on the June statewide ballot.

Proposition 68 includes significant grant funding for parks and open space projects for which the Authority, and many of our regional partners, are well-positioned to compete. These funds could help facilitate the completion of the Authority’s projects, including:

  • Coyote Valley: land acquisitions
  • Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve: trail head and staging area
  • El Toro Open Space Preserve: public access
  • North Pajaro River Agricultural Preserve: habitat restoration

Specific Funding Allocations for the Bay Area

  • $21.25 million for San Francisco Bay Conservancy Program (Coastal Conservancy)
  • $20 million for restoration grants (Coastal Conservancy)
  • $14 million for the Ocean Protection Trust Fund (Coastal Conservancy)
  • County, city, and special district funding for local parks (per capita and other programs)
  • $3 million for Los Gatos Creek and Upper Guadalupe River (Natural Resources Agency)
  • $3 million for Russian River (Natural Resources Agency)

Summary of Funding Categories with Bay Area Eligibility

State and Local Parks, Greenways, and River Parkways

  • $725 million for the creation and expansion of parks in "park-poor neighborhoods"
  • $290 million in funding for local parks (per capita and other programs)
  • $218 million in funding to "create, expand... and improve state parks and park facilities"
  • $30 million for trail and greenway investments (Natural Resources Agency)
  • $25 million for recreational programs and parks in rural communities (State Parks)

Climate Preparedness, Habitat Resiliency, Resource Enhancement, and Innovation

  • $443 million to various agencies including:
    • $48 million for wildlife corridors & open space (Wildlife Conservation Board)
    • $115 million for fishery and riparian restoration projects (Dept. of Fish and Wildlife)
    • $60 million for agricultural land conservation and stewardship (Dept. of Conservation)
    • $50 million for “for ecological restoration of forests” including urban forests (CalFire)

More Information

For complete information on Proposition 68, visit Ballotpedia.org.

May 02, 2018
For media inquiries contact:

Alisha Maniglia

Communications Specialist
amaniglia@openspaceauthority.org