Legislative Committee Wants YOU to Comment on Water Bond, Jan. 31

As the Governor's recent declaration of a drought state of emergency demonstrates, urgent investments are needed to better enable Californians to prepare for future water scarcity. 

The California Legislature Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife’s launched a hearing series in October 2013 to explore the need for a general obligation bond in 2014 to help fund water-related projects and programs and to hear local perspectives on the potential public benefits to communities throughout the state from such a water bond.

The Informational Hearing Series, “The Need for a 2014 Water Bond – Local Perspectives” travels to Hanford on Friday, January 31, from 5-7 pm at the:

Kings County Government Center
Board of Supervisors Chambers
1400 W. Lacey Boulevard
Hanford, CA

Friday's hearing will focus on the Tulare Lake Hydrologic Region, one of ten in the State. The Tulare Region relies on surface water, groundwater, and water imported from the federal Central Valley Project (CVP), operated by the U.S. Bureau of
Reclamation (Reclamation), and State Water Project (SWP), operated by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).

Some significant local water issues include:

AB 1331, the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014, repeals the existing bond and places a $6.5 billion bond on the November 4, 2014 ballot that is better tailored to current water management challenges. Specifically, the $6.5 Billion Assembly Water Bond proposal includes:

Opening Comments will be presented by:

Local perspectives will be presented by:

Finally, the public is invited to comment.
This is where you come in. . .

Testimony may be subject to time limits.
Related materials may be found on the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee's website under the Water Bond tab: http://awpw.assembly.ca.gov/waterbond

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