As California’s historic drought continues, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills to help boost water conservation, strengthen groundwater management and improve water quality:
AB 142 by Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) – Wild and scenic rivers: Mokelumne River.
AB 401 by Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Low-Income Water Rate Assistance Program. A signing message can be found here.
AB 434 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – Drinking water: point-of-entry and point-of-use treatment.
AB 496 by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) – Pupil nutrition: fresh drinking water: funding.
AB 530 by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) – Lower Los Angeles River Working Group.
AB 606 by Assemblymember Marc B. Levine (D-San Rafael) – Water conservation.
AB 617 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) – Groundwater.
In April, Governor Brown announced the first-ever 25 percent statewide mandatory water reductions and a series of actions to help save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. Californians have responded with unprecedented conservation efforts, exceeding the Governor’s water reduction order in each of the past three months.
To date, guided by the California Water Action Plan, the state has committed hundreds of millions of dollars – including Water Bond funds – to emergency drought relief, disaster assistance, water conservation and infrastructure projects across the state. Efforts are also underway to establish a framework for sustainable, local groundwater management for the first time in California’s history based on legislation signed by Governor Brown last year.