GOVERNOR’S CA WATERFIX GRANTED STATE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW CERTIFICATION

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Coalition Applauds Notice of Determination and Decision Documents from CA Department of Water Resources as Critical Milestone Toward Project Implementation

Sacramento, Calif. – Today, Californians for Water Security released a statement following the release of Notice of Determination certification and decision documents from the California Department of Water Resources for the Governor’s California WaterFix.

From Robin Swanson, spokesperson for Californians for Water Security:

“Today, with the release of a Notice of Determination (NOD) from the Department of Water Resources under the California Environmental Quality Act, California WaterFix has once again achieved a crucial milestone in the permitting and approval process, this time reaching final approval at the state level.

Over the past six months, California WaterFix has continued to make crucial progress toward implementation, including the issuance of biological opinions from the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service finding the construction and operations of WaterFix would not jeopardize the future existence of Endangered Species Act-listed species released under the Obama Administration, as well as the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

California WaterFix has been determined to be the only viable plan to protect our state’s water supply and the environment through exhaustive review processes reflecting nearly a decade of scientific and public analysis, including nearly a year of public review of the EIR, 600 public meetings throughout the State, and responses and revisions based on more than 40,000 public comments.

With the state’s approval of California WaterFix, we are closer than ever to implementing WaterFix and securing the state’s water supplies for future years.”

 

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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