Clean Water

Echo park lake, an arial view

Proposition O authorized $500 million of general obligation bonds for projects to protect public health by cleaning up pollution, including bacteria and trash, in the City's watercourses, beaches and the ocean, to meet Federal Clean Water Act requirements. Proposition O will also fund improvements to protect water quality, provide flood protection, and increase water conservation, habitat protection, and open space. The bonds allow the City to purchase property and/or improve municipal properties for projects that protect rivers, lakes, beaches, and the ocean; conserve and protect drinking water and other water sources; reduce flooding and use neighborhood parks to decrease polluted runoff; and capture, clean up and reuse stormwater. The Proposition O Program manages the design and construction of these projects and coordinates the funding of projects managed by other agencies and other City departments or bureaus.