SACRAMENTO, CA, Nov. 4, 2009 -- Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Executive Director Timothy Quinn issued the following statement today regarding passage of historic water legislation.
"The Legislature has enacted the most historic legislative package on water since the authorization of the State Water Project in 1960. The package lays out a workable governance structure for the Delta and a clear path for completing the important work of the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, which offers an historic opportunity to improve both ecosystem health and water supply reliability, while at the same time protecting local Delta communities and economies.
"At its core, this moves California from the extraction policies of the past to the sustainability policies of the future to protect the environment and the economy.
"This accomplishment is worth celebrating, but now the hard work begins. ACWA is committed to work with members to implement the co-equal goals of environmental restoration and water supply reliability.
"ACWA appreciates the hard work of legislative leaders, the Schwarzenegger administration, ACWA members, environmental interests and other water stakeholders to negotiate complex issues and come up with a package that advances the co-equal goals of a reliable water supply and a restored Delta ecosystem."
ACWA is a statewide association of public agencies whose 450 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit www.acwa.com.