In November 2004, voters of the City of Los Angeles passed the Proposition O - Clean Water Bond, authorizing $500 million of general obligation bonds for projects that protect public health and the environment by cleaning pollution, including bacteria and trash, in the City's watercourses, rivers, lakes, beaches, and ocean. These projects assist the City of Los Angeles in meeting federal Clean Water Act requirements.
Proposition O - Clean Water Bond also funds improvements to protect water quality, provide flood protection, increase water conservation, provide habitat protection, and create open space. The bond allows the City to purchase property and 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
- Capture, clean up, and reuse stormwater.