Metropolitan Water District GM issues statement on federal drought legislation

Comments made in response to federal drought legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11, 2016 -- Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, issued the following statement regarding the federal drought legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.):

“Metropolitan applauds Sen. Feinstein for her continued efforts and hard work on California’s epic drought and we particularly commend the Senator for reaching out to water agencies, the environmental community and other stakeholders in an effort to find consensus on legislation that would address our water supply challenges.

“This proposed legislation would provide much-needed funding for projects that are critical to our future. Most importantly, the bill would support California’s co-equal goals of protecting the environment in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and providing reliable water supplies.”

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving nearly 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

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