U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Talks Wildfire by ACWA Staff Sep 17, 2020 Water News WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining held a legislative hearing. Of the items on the docket, Committee members spent a majority of the hearing focused on S. 4431, Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020 (Feinstein). The bipartisan bill intends to help protect communities from catastrophic wildfires by implementing critical 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 and power shutoffs. Senator Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the legislation at the hearing saying, “We have to change our approach to dealing with wildfires and how we manage our forests. We can’t just sit here and do nothing… That’s why Senator Daines and I worked for months to draft the bipartisan Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act to make some important changes that will help us cope with catastrophic wildfires.” “The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) applauds the leadership of Senators Feinstein and Daines (R-MT) in producing S. 4431, the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020. One of ACWA’s highest priorities is the protection of valuable watersheds from high intensity wildfires. This bipartisan legislation will help address the dangers posed by the unhealthy condition of our forests that are magnified by our changing climate and more perilous fire behavior,” said Dave Eggerton, Executive Director of ACWA. The bill is supported by Governor Newsom, dozens of fire districts and utilities, conservation groups, and others. For more information on the hearing, visit the Senate Energy and Natural Resources website. For more information on the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020, S. 4431, visit Senator Feinstein’s website.