Federal Bill Would Promote Healthier Forests, Reduce Wildfires by ACWA Staff Aug 10, 2020 Water News WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (CA – D) and Steve Daines (MT – R) introduced the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act. This highly anticipated piece of legislation would help protect communities from catastrophic wildfires by implementing wildfire mitigation projects, sustaining healthier forests that are more resilient to climate change and providing important energy and retrofitting assistance to businesses and residences to mitigate future risks from wildfire. Several organizations supported the legislation upon introduction, including the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Farm Bureau, and Rural County Representatives of California. One of ACWA’s highest priorities is improved headwaters and forest management, which can provide improved water supply and quality across the watershed. ACWA staff will be engaging with stakeholders and legislators to learn more about the bill and how ACWA can be helpful in its development. More information about the bill, including the legislative text as introduced, can be found on Sen. Feinstein’s website.