Greater Irvine Chamber Testifies in Support of MWD’s Proposed CA WaterFix

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Greater Irvine Chamber Director of Government Affairs Whit Peterson testified during a special board meeting held by the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) at its Los Angeles headquarters on Sept. 26 in support of the proposed California WaterFix

The WaterFix is a culmination of a decade long effort to shore up water resources in southern California. The plan, if approved, would begin the process of building two underground tunnels to transport water from the northern California Delta region which would guarantee the transport of reliable, clean and safe water to the 25 million residents, farms and businesses in central and southern California. The water delivered through the Delta is a critical piece of the state’s overall water supply security. Sierra snowmelt and storm water from northern California help meet water needs in southern California, the Bay Area, and the Central Valley. Together with California WaterFix, locally driven water conservation, groundwater, recycling, and storage projects create a smarter, more sustainable water system for the 21st century. 

Addressing the MWD Board, Peterson remarked, “We rely on public servants to make good policy decisions that provide us with the resources we need to thrive and grow.”

On July 21, a Notice of Determination (NOD) for the California WaterFix environmental analysis was signed, clearing a major milestone toward modernization of the state’s primary water delivery system. With finalization of the NOD and associated decision documents, the Department of Water Resources approved WaterFix as the proposed project under the California Environmental Quality Act. The Metropolitan Water District will make its final decision on whether to participate in the CA WaterFix on Oct. 10.

The Greater Irvine Chamber urges the Metropolitan Water District Board to support the California WaterFix plan.

For more information on Greater Irvine Chamber advocacy work, contact Whit Peterson.

 

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