News worth noting: Rendon proposes increasing funding for water storage in AB 1331, Wolk responds, $387M in Army Corps projects for CA, and WebEx meeting next week on Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study

Anthony-RendonAssemblymember Rendon adds increased funding for water storage in AB 1331:   Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, announced today that he is proposing amendments to Assembly Bill (AB) 1331—the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014—to increase funding for above and below ground water storage from $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion. The Assemblymember was joined by Central California lawmakers and industry trade groups who support the proposal. “After holding hearings across the state, it’s clear that Californians want more storage in order to meet the growing water needs of our state,” said Assemblymember Rendon. “This increase in water storage funding will help protect California from future droughts and provide tens of thousands of new jobs at the same time.”  .. ”  Read more from Assemblymember Rendon’s office here:  Assemblymember Rendon Announces Amendments to Expand Water Storage

WolkSenator Wolk responds to Rendon: There are differences to resolve, but agreement is attainable: “I have been meeting with Assemblyman Rendon as well as other assemblymembers on this issue for several months and will continue to do so. Our measures have much in common, but there are significant differences to resolve.  I know my Senate colleagues and I look forward to working with the Assembly to resolve the conflicts in our measures and come up with a consensus that will not only pass the Legislature and be signed by the Governor, but also win approval by the voters. In my view, this will require getting support from the northern and coastal Californians, the delta region, environmental organizations, taxpayer groups and others who opposed the current $11.4 billion bond measure and have expressed concerns with the similar elements in AB 1331.  I believe an agreement is attainable. The key will be in our ability to curb our spending appetite and ask everyone to settle for less than they would like. Rebuilding the same political formula of 2009, creating winners and losers, won’t work.  We need a consensus approach to get a measure on the ballot this year that helps every region of the state fund their most urgent water needs, harms nobody, and protects the environment. That’s what I am trying to do in SB 848.

Dianne_Feinstein,_official_Senate_photo_2Corps of Engineers Work Plan includes $387M for California:  “The Army Corps of Engineers this week released its fiscal year 2014 work plan, which allocates $5.5 billion for a range of vital infrastructure projects and programs nationwide. The work plan allocates more than $370 million for California.  “The Corps of Engineers work plan includes more than $370 million for dozens of projects across California, which will provide much-needed funds to modernize the state’s infrastructure,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). “These important projects will protect Californian communities from devastating floods, promote transit through our ports and harbors and help restore critical environmental resources. ... ”  For a complete list of projects, see this press release from Dianne Feinstein: Feinstein: Corps of Engineers Work Plans Invests in California

Army Corps Logo$150 million of that Corps money headed to the Central Valley:  “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers appropriations for fiscal year 2014 provide more than $150 million for Sacramento District flood risk reduction and ecosystem restoration work in California.  The appropriations fund projects through September 2014, the end of the federal fiscal year. … ”  More from the Sacramento Army Corps here:  $150 million on the way for Army Corps projects in Central Valley


ReclamationReclamation to Hold Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study WebEx Meeting:  “The Bureau of Reclamation will hold a WebEx meeting for the public on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study. The public is invited to participate in the WebEx meeting which will be conducted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 1:30-3 p.m.  This is the second of a series of web-based presentations designed to inform stakeholders and the public about the basin study process and will present the findings and data developed in the first part of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study. The presentation will also identify the next steps in the preparation of the study which includes participation by stakeholders and the public to propose climate adaptation strategies.  The purpose of the study is to identify strategies to meet current and future water demands, as well as to adapt to potential climate change impacts to water and associated resources in these basins. … ” Read more from the Bureau of Reclamation here:  Reclamation to Hold Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study WebEx Meeting

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