Assemblyman Pérez Announces Inclusion of Salton Sea Funds in New Water Bond

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Receding Salton Sea shoreline
Receding Salton Sea shoreline

(SACRAMENTO) – State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez is pleased to announce that amendments have been made to the 2014 water bond legislation to include dedicated funds for the Salton Sea.

 

“My position has been that the State cannot overlook its commitments related to Salton Sea mitigation, that they must be built into the bond,” said Pérez. “The new amendments, together with the competitive funding available in the bond, demonstrate that the State intends to keep its word to our communities. I’m very pleased and appreciative that the Committee took my concerns seriously and responded so quickly to my request. ”

 

Earlier this month, Pérez testified before the Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife that the 2014 water bond framework must ensure the State of California can meet its existing obligations related to the Salton Sea and other water settlements of statewide relevance. He was invited to speak after issuing a letter to the Committee expressing concerns that these commitments may have been overlooked in the development of the 2014 bond framework.

 

Specifically, the new amendments designate $500 million to fulfill commitments made by the State in three water dispute settlements: the Salton Sea Quantification Settlement Agreement, the San Joaquin River Restoration, and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement.

 

In addition, $750 million is authorized for “expenditures and grants for ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects” under the “Protecting Rivers, Lakes, Streams, and Watersheds” (Water Bond Chapter 6), with the Salton Sea specifically referenced as an eligible watershed to compete for funding.

 

For a copy of the Assemblyman’s letter to the Committee or his testimony at the August 15 hearing, please contact amy.wilson@asm.ca.gov.