EDF disappointed with Calif. legislature's inability to pass water policy reforms

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Sept. 12, 2009 -- Environmental Defense Fund is disappointed that the California legislature was unable to reach agreement on the proposed water policy legislation...

• But group cites proposed policy reforms as bar for future legislation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Sept. 12, 2009 -- Environmental Defense Fund is disappointed that the California legislature was unable to reach agreement on the proposed water policy legislation. While there was room for improvement, this package of policy bills represented a very important step forward toward resolution of the deep crisis affecting the Bay-Delta system.

"There are hard decisions to be made, but there are solutions that can get us on the right track and we owe it to future generations and hard-hit farming communities to make those decisions as soon as possible," said Cynthia Koehler, senior consulting attorney to EDF.

"The Bay-Delta is one of the most important estuaries along the west coast of North America and the hub of our state's water supply system and the future of our cities, farms and our environment. In fact, the future of much of our great state of California depends on getting to consensus on modernizing our water policy framework and moving forward," said Laura Harnish, Regional Director of EDF's California office.

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