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With today’s release of the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the Governor’s California WaterFix by the Department of Water Resources (DWR), organizations representing thousands of business and labor groups, water agencies, family farmers, environmentalists and others voiced their strong support for moving this project forward as quickly as possible. These groups say that updating California’s aging water infrastructure through WaterFix is critical to protecting water security for two-thirds of Californians.

Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee published an op-ed: “California WaterFix is the ‘grand compromise’ for the Delta,” by Terry Erlewine, general manager of the State Water Contractors. The State Water Contractors represent 27 public water agencies providing water supplies to 26 million California residents, farms and businesses. These water agencies are heavily involved in the planning and implementation of California WaterFix to ensure that it is a fiscally responsible plan to provide reliable water supplies for their customers.

As California’s population continues to grow, so does the need and support for the California WaterFix. Ventura County is one Southern California region experiencing the strain of a growing population combined with the effects of continuous drought and an outdated water infrastructure system. The Calleguas Municipal Water District, which serves Ventura County, anticipates that the problem will only worsen and is desperate for a water distribution system that works.