ACWA Testifies in Support of Climate Resilience Bond Proposal with Amendments by ACWA Staff Apr 9, 2021 Water News ACWA staff testified with a support-if-amended position on AB 1500 (E.Garcia) during an Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee hearing on April 8. The bill is one of two climate resilience bond proposals that are currently advancing through the state Legislature and could be headed for the June 2022 ballot. AB 1500 would create a $6.7 billion bond measure. 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 propose the bill include 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 Director of State Relations Adam Quiñonez stated the association’s position at the April 8 hearing, where the bill passed out of the committee. Representatives from ACWA member agencies were also among the several people to state a support or support-if-amended position during the hearing. The bill will next be heard by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.