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
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
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
- Groundwater supply, management, and
- Clean and safe drinking water,
particularly for disadvantaged communities
- Water storage potential
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
- $1 Billion for maintaining and
improving Drinking Water Quality
- $1.5 Billion for protecting Rivers
- $1.5 Billion to fund integrated
regional water management that will improve water delivery and help regions reduce the
impact of climate change on water supply.
- $1 Billion to protecting The California
Delta that is critical to the state water supply system and a key ecological resource.
- $1.5 Billion for Water Storage projects
that will also reduce the impact of climate change on clean, reliable and
affordable water supply.
Opening Comments will be presented by:
- Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, Chair, Water,
Parks & Wildlife
- Assemblymember Rudy Salas, Chair, Select
Committee on Regional
- Approaches to Addressing the State's Water Crisis
- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada
- Assemblymember Jim Patterson
Local perspectives will be presented by:
- Dave Orth, General Manager, Kings River
- Maria Herrera, Director of Community
Advocacy, Community Water Center
- Brent Walthall, Assistant General
Manager, Kern County Water Agency
- Aubrey Bettencourt,
Executive Director, California Water Alliance
- Mario Santoyo, Executive Director,
California Latino Water Coalition
Finally, the public is invited to
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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