SACRAMENTO – Last week, the San Diego Union Tribune published an op-ed by Mark Cowin, Director of the California Department of Water Resources, which emphasized the importance of securing water imports for Southern California and the San Diego region with Governor Jerry Brown’s California WaterFix.
Below are a few excerpts from the piece:
“San Diego County’s reliance on imported water is among the highest in California. Despite previous and planned local investments in desalination and recycling, most of this region’s water will continue to come from distant watersheds for decades to come as far as any water planner today can see. In fact, by 2040 the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) estimates 80 percent of their supply will be imported even with water efficiency savings and increased local supplies.”
“Water from the Sierra Nevada connects us. Two-thirds of the state draws these Sierra supplies from water projects located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. As one state, we either find water solutions together or we will collectively suffer the grave consequences.”
“For San Diego County and all of Southern California, saying no to WaterFix would risk the region’s largest imported water source.”
Click here to read the entire piece: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sd-utbg-water-supply-california-20161028-story.html
About Californians for Water Security
CWS is a growing coalition of more than 12,000 California citizens and more than 180 organizations representing business leaders, labor, family farmers, local governments, water experts, conservation leaders, public safety officials, infrastructure groups, taxpayer associations, and others who support the plan to fix California’s broken water distribution system. The Governor’s plan was drafted after nearly a decade of scientific review and analysis by leading water experts and conservationists and has received input from leading scientists and engineers. The coalition is waging an active advertising, grassroots lobbying, social media and public advocacy campaign to support this important project to fix our aging water distribution infrastructure and improve water reliability and security throughout the state.
For more information on Californians for Water Security, visit: www.watersecurityca.com