CALIFORNIA, DECEMBER 14, 2016 -- The California Water Commission today adopted regulations for allocating $2.7 billion in Proposition 1 funds for the public benefits of eligible water storage projects as part of the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP).
The commission voted 8-0 to adopt the regulations, with newly appointed Commissioner Catherine Keig abstaining. The WSIP regulations will now be sent to the California Office of Administrative Law for review, approval and filing. Under the Administrative Procedure Act, OAL has 30 business days to approve the regulations.
Through the WSIP, the Commission will fund the public benefits associated with water storage projects that improve the operation of the state water system, are cost effective and provide a net improvement in ecosystem and water quality conditions.
ACWA was an active participant in the development of Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond approved by California voters in November 2014, and advocated for the inclusion of the $2.7 billion for water storage.
The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country. Its 430 public agency members collectively are responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms and businesses in California.