News Worth Noting: Senate Republicans write letter to Governor re: Drought relief; Friends of the River write letter to legislators re: Increased protection for rivers

open_letter_with_arrow_around_it_9212Senate Republicans ask Governor to work in a bipartisan manner for drought relief:  “In a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Republicans thank him for leadership in bringing water and conservation efforts to the forefront of California’s policy priorities.  The letter asks for the following: Expedite bond dollars where possible; Support Senate Bill 127 (Vidak) to streamline review for all water projects funded by the water bond; and Define due process rights. Disagree with proposal to “deputize staff to issue water conservation-related warnings and citations” to issue “fines of up to $10,000 per violation”. To read the letter, click here.

for logoFriends of the River and other groups deliver letter to legislators urging increased protection of the state’s rivers:  They write, “The drought is taking a major toll on California’s rivers and everything they support, from fish and wildlife to the river recreation and fishing industries that generate billions of dollars and thousands of jobs in the state. The undersigned organizations urge California’s elected leaders to pursue sustainable drought solutions to address this crisis and ensure rivers are protected from further harm. Rivers have been providing more than their fair share of water for years, and it has stretched them beyond their ability to give. California rivers have suffered from a permanent drought as on average, more than half of their natural flow has been diverted for consumptive purposes. The current crisis has greatly exacerbated the problem as the State Water Resources Control Board, and other agencies, have relaxed environmental flow standards to reduce cuts to agricultural and urban water users. ... ”  To read the letter, click here.

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