ACWA Supports State Conveyance Investment by ACWA Staff Feb 24, 2021 Water News ACWA submitted a seven-page comment letter Feb. 17 to the California Water Commission that provided recommendations on the state’s role in financing conveyance projects. The Commission initiated a series of workshops to gather input in late 2020, acting on a Water Resilience Portfolio directive to “assess a state role in financing conveyance projects that could help meet needs in a changing climate.” The Commission will incorporate comments into a draft whitepaper this spring and final whitepaper with recommendations to policymakers later this year. The workshops and invitation for comments were not associated with the pending proposal to improve conveyance through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta. ACWA’s comments detail a wide range of benefits that would stem from greater state investment in conveyance. Such investment is essential to water resilience and climate change adaptation and can help maintain and diversify water supplies, provide safe drinking water to disadvantaged communities, support healthy ecosystems and a thriving economy, and contribute to California’s clean energy goals. ACWA’s recommendations call for state investment for conveyance projects and suggest the development of new financing, such as a General Obligation Bond and low-interest loans, as well as opportunities to leverage existing funds. ACWA’s comment letter also points out how local water systems fund about 85% percent of water related investments in California, compared to 12% by the state and 4% by the federal government. The letter connects that disparity to how the COVID-19 pandemic is creating significant financial impacts on California’s water systems, making it difficult for local water systems to fund many water management challenges, including conveyance. The full letter is available on ACWA’s website.