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State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins gives update on “What is being done to Protect our Water Supply” & eNewsletter Info

Nov 18, 2015 11:59PM ● Published by Paul Spear

State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins gives update on “What is being done to Protect our Water Supply” and our "San Diego Resident's Water Situation" and eNewsletter Information.


You can view Tini's online eNewsletter at: http://asmdc.org/speaker/news-room/district-reports/november-2015-enews#5

From the Office of State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins

Drought Update

California is in its fourth year of drought. The Sierra Nevada has no snowpack, and more than 2,500 wells are reported as critical or dry.

Californians are continuing to do their fair share during this historic drought. We have exceeded the 25% statewide water-conservation requirement for the third month in a row and reduced water use by 27% in August. This past summer, Californians saved more than 600,000 acre-feet of water.

The Governor also visited San Diego in August and vowed to continue to work with the City on the conservation mandate to ensure that San Diegans are treated fairly and given credit for early implementation of conservation measures.

Managing the state’s groundwater is a critically important component to our overall water management and combatting the drought. Groundbreaking legislation last year required sustainable groundwater-management plans. The state recently released the list of the state’s over-drafted groundwater basins, along with $10 million in Prop. 1 funding for grants to those agencies that have committed to sustainable plans so that they can get their important work started sooner.

The Legislature approved more than $1 billion in March for Prop. 1 funding for critical infrastructure projects, including drinking water, waste water, water recycling, and conservancy work – including projects in the San Diego River watershed. Project solicitations are ongoing, and we are getting those important bond dollars out the door. For more information, you can visit: http://bondaccountability.resources.ca.gov.

The Department of Water Resources announced two new rebate programs to encourage Californians to reduce their water consumption. Some $30 million was made available during our last budget to provide turf and toilet rebates to California consumers. For more information on the eligibility requirements, you can go to www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com.

Recent reports by PPIC show that small rural communities have been harmed the most by the drought. The Department of Social Services continues to provide food, utility, and employment assistance:

  • 435,908 households have been served to date from community food banks.
  • $600,000 has been allocated to provide financial assistance to low-income families to pay their water bills.
  • $400,000 has been allocated to the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker drought-assistance program for employment training for those impacted by the drought.

We all need to pitch in and do our parts for more conservation throughout the state – turn off the water while lathering in the shower or brushing your teeth, defrost food in your refrigerator instead of under running water, and opt for water- and energy-efficient appliances.

We need to change the way we think about water and conservation. Saving water isn’t a temporary solution to California’s drought; water conservation needs to be a permanent, conscious effort by everyone.

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Contact

Capitol Office:

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0078
Tel: (916) 319-2078
Fax: (916) 319-2178

District Office:

1350 Front St., Room 6054

San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: (619) 645-3090
Fax: (619) 645-3094

Facebook: facebook.com/SDToni

Instagram: @toni.atkins

Website: http://asmdc.org/speaker

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Capitol Office:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0078
Tel: (916) 319-2078
Fax: (916) 319-2178

District Office:

1350 Front St., Room 6054
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: (619) 645-3090

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