(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez released the following statement about the passage of the 2014 water bond Wednesday evening:
“This water bond that we have approved — and which will now go to the voters to consider — blends short-term actions to address the drought with longer-term ones aimed at the long-term sustainability of our water supply.
It supports projects and programs for storage, conservation, recycling, and groundwater management, among other items, while also ensuring access to funds for disadvantaged communities.
Throughout the bond negotiation, I’ve advocated to ensure that the state does not overlook its commitments to the Salton Sea under the Quantification Settlement Agreement.
It’s been my mantra that mitigation and restoration must be built into the bond. My advocacy in policy committee and with legislative leaders has paid off, as these provisions have survived the final negotiations and are in the final version approved today.
It’s essential that the state keep its word to our communities in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys. Another highlight of the bond from my perspective is that it includes funding for small water system compliance with chromium 6 standards, which will help small water systems pay for the infrastructure upgrades needed for treatment.
This has been a major concern in the Coachella Valley, where we have naturally occurring chromium 6.”
The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, SB 866, passed this evening with bipartisan support in a vote of 77-1.