ACWA Supports a Climate Resilience Bond Proposal with Amendments

  • by ACWA Staff
  • Mar 17, 2021
  • Water News

On March 16 ACWA staff testified with a support-if-amended position on one of two climate resilience bond proposals that are currently advancing through the state Legislature and could be headed for the June 2022 ballot.

SB 45 (Portantino) passed the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water on a 7-2 vote in favor. The bill would place a $5.5 billion General Obligation Bond on the ballot. Another bond proposal, AB 1500 (E. Garcia), would place a $6.7 billion bond measure on the ballot. ACWA has a support-if-amended position on both bills.

ACWA, with input from the State Legislative Committee’s Bond Working Group, is requesting amendments to the bills to add funding for water-related climate resilience projects that help provide a reliable water supply during drought and flood. The amendments would address funding for conveyance, dam safety, groundwater protection and sustainable groundwater management, flood management, integrated regional water management and safe drinking water for disadvantaged communities, as well as water quality and water reuse and recycling.

“ACWA is keenly aware of the growing impacts of climate change on our state’s natural resources. From droughts, floods, catastrophic wildfires, and sea level rise, water managers and many others are faced with growing challenges as a result of climate change,” ACWA Director of State Relations Adam Quiñonez stated in a position letter to Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee Chair Henry Stern.

Quiñonez stated the association’s position at the March 16 committee hearing among dozens of other representatives of stakeholder organizations, most of which are also maintaining a support-if-amended position. This included several ACWA member agencies from throughout the state.

SB 45 has been re-referred to the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review.

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