ICYMI – SEC. JOHN LAIRD IN SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE: “WaterFix will protect supplies for 25 million Californians”


CA Secretary for Natural Resources Urges Local Approval of Governor’s CA WaterFix for San Diego’s Water Reliability

Sacramento, CA – Yesterday, the San Diego Union-Tribune published a piece by John Laird, the California Secretary for Natural Resources, highlighting the importance of Governor Jerry Brown’s California WaterFix for water security in the San Diego region.

Public water agencies representing communities served by the State Water Project, including members of the San Diego County Water Authority, are expected to vote on WaterFix in coming weeks.

Below is an excerpt from the piece:

“Even with recent investments to improve local supplies, San Diego County still relies on imported Delta water for much of its supply. The reliability of that Delta supply is essential to making other parts of San Diego’s portfolio work, which in turn makes California WaterFix essential to the region’s future.

WaterFix will modernize the state’s 50-year-old water delivery system. This system and the water supply are vulnerable to disruption from earthquakes and climate change. WaterFix will protect supplies for 25 million Californians — including those in the San Diego region — by constructing new intakes in the northern Delta to reduce conflicts with endangered species habitats, improve water quality and safeguard supplies.”

“Experts agree that without WaterFix, that investment could become a stranded asset. The effects of climate change combined with tightened environmental regulations could make it impossible to operate the existing infrastructure much of the time.”

To read the full article, click here.


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, environmentalists, 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



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