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Updated: L.A. Board of Supervisors addresses water crisis

Posted: October 7, 2009 9:12 p.m.
Updated: October 13, 2009 11:08 a.m.
 
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LOS ANGELES COUNTY - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors issued a five-signature to Governor Schwarzenegger and Senate and Assembly Leaders to enact immediate legislation to address the crisis surrounding the water supply for the state of California, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich

"The Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County representing over 10.2 million residents stands united in calling for immediate action from the Governor, Senate and Assembly Leaders to solve the state's water crisis which has impacted the life of every Californian -- from food delivery to job creation to providing vital revenues state and local governments depend upon to provide public services," Antonovich said.

In the letter, the Board of Supervisors states its support for the passage of water supply legislation to increase the reliability of state and local water supplies with appropriate infrastructure and equitable funding levels consistent with the following principles:

* Local water reliability and conservation: Preserve existing supplies and promote local supply reliability and conservation through various approaches including demand reduction, recycling, and groundwater recharge.

*  Protection and improvement of water quality: Protect and improve water quality including drinking water, groundwater, storm water, and urban runoff.

* New water supplies: Create new water supplies using a variety of approaches including preservation of water by recycling, enhanced storage capacity through seismic retrofit and modification of existing structures and increased utilization of spreading grounds and debris basins.

* Conveyance and local storage: Provide for a reliable statewide stormwater capture, storage, and conveyance system to deliver water supplies to Southern California. Allocate funding for large storage and conveyance systems based on sound planning, engineering, and economic analysis.

* Bond funding and appropriations: Authorize a significant level of water supply bond funding and appropriations consistent with the above principles.

* Equitable allocation criteria for regional projects: Allocate competitive grant funds primarily on the basis of population to state-recognized Integrated Regional Water Management regions.

* Delta sustainability: Support short-term and long-term actions that create a sustainable Delta ecosystem that will create a healthy, durable estuary and reliable water supply.

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Mayor Frank Ferry joins Governor Schwarzenegger in respectfully requesting that the California State Legislature return to Sacramento and immediately enact critical and comprehensive water legislation to address the state's three year drought, environmental issues in the delta, and ongoing water supply for the state.

"California is in the midst of a devastating drought that needs to be addressed immediately and we must prepare for the worst -- a fourth, fifth or even sixth year of drought," Ferry said. "A rainy winter will probably not be enough to save the state, with below average precipitation and runoff since the fall of 2006. If things don't change statewide over the long term then we probably will have local impacts."

Schwarzenegger declared a state emergency due to the drought in February 2009, and is calling on legislators to return to Sacramento to work on this important issue facing California.

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