NEWS WORTH NOTING: 60+ SoCal groups urge support for WaterFix in letter to CA Assembly; Survey shows overwhelming support for new water projects in San Bernardino County; Salton Sea Management Plan: Overview and Update

60+ SoCal Groups Urge Support for WaterFix in Letter to CA Assembly

From the Southern California Water Coalition:

In advance of tomorrow’s CA Assembly joint hearing on the status of CA WaterFix, SCWC along with more than 60Southern California groups representing a variety of industries and parts of our region has submitted a coalition letter in support of the project.

The letter states:

“Momentum for California WaterFix is stronger than ever. In a landmark decision, Southern California water leaders leaned in last month to invest in modernizing the state’s aging water delivery system — providing critical support to California’s backbone supply of water. The action by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) was a defining moment for our state — one we all can be proud of — and it represents the groundswell of support for this project.

On behalf of millions of Southern Californians — employers, employees, union members, residents and interested customers — we embrace this truth: Our state desperately needs California WaterFix. Each and every day, more than 25 million California residents and countless businesses depend on Sierra Nevada snowmelt traveling through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for 60 percent of their water supply, which is captured, delivered and stored through the State Water Project. And, increasingly, our state’s water supply is threatened by climate change and the realities of boom or bust cycles. California WaterFix will upgrade a key section of the state’s water infrastructure and delivery system by constructing two tunnels to move water supplies underneath the fragile Delta ecosystem rather than through it. Developed over nearly a decade of extensive review and study by a wide range of experts, California WaterFix has long been held up as the best alternative for ensuring a reliable, high-quality water supply. It’s an obvious win for all Californians, our economy and the environment. … ”

Click here to read the letter.

Building Industry Association Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for New Water Projects in San Bernardino County

As the County’s Population Increases and Climate Change Impacts Anticipate Longer Periods of Drought, New Sustainable Water Sources will be Key to Region’s Economic Success

San Bernardino County residents heavily support new water projects to meet existing and future water needs according to a recently released survey sponsored by the Building Industry Association Southern California Baldy View Chapter (BIA) in Rancho Cucamonga.
“The BIA sponsored this survey in an effort to scientifically determine the concerns of San Bernardino County residents on water issues,” stated Carlos Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer of the BIA Baldy View Chapter. “Water has become a paramount concern as the BIA attempts to address San Bernardino County’s estimated housing shortage of 65,000 units and residents in our communities expect us not only to conserve water but also procure enough water resources to support our ongoing housing needs.”

Southern California has always depended on imported water from the Sacramento Delta, the Colorado River and naturally recharging underground aquifers as the Los Angeles region dramatically grew from the 1950’s to the present. While San Bernardino County residents support conservation efforts, they also strongly believe that new, locally controlled water sources are a key part of the solution to water shortages, by margins of more than 80 percent in some instances.

The survey also tested resident opinion on the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery, and Storage project in the county’s Mojave Desert – one of the only local projects in the County that has already been permitted by the County – and found overall support for the project at more than 70 percent.

“Clearly, San Bernardino County residents understand the need for and support new water supplies like the Cadiz Water Project to meet existing and future demand for water in our region,” continued Rodriguez. “They also insist on Sacramento politicians keeping their noses out of local water use decisions and support locally-controlled and managed projects like Cadiz that have gone through rigorous environmental reviews and been approved by county elected leaders.”

The survey, which assessed more than 520 county resident’s responses, included questions on conservation measures, development of new storage, use of underground water supplies for consumption and water banking, and water recycling. The survey was conducted via email, by NAG Campaigns on behalf of BIA Baldy View and California Water News Daily and has a margin of error of 3.6%.

Salton Sea Management Plan: Overview and Update

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has posted the hearing handout from yesterday’s Assembly Committee hearing on the Salton Sea Management Plan.  The handout covers why the Salton Sea matters, State responsibilities and management activities, and funding.

Click here to download the handout.

 

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