ACWA applauds Governor's focus on water

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) applauded Governor Schwarzenegger's call for improvements to the state's water system and a comprehensive solution for the Delta as part of his proposed state budget for 2008-'09. As part of his Strategic Growth Plan for the state, the governor proposed an $11.9 billion bond measure to fund investments in the state's water system, improve Delta sustainability, restore key ecosystems and expand water use efficiency efforts...

• State budget proposal shows commitment to fix Delta, improve water system

SACRAMENTO, CA, Jan. 10, 2008 -- The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today applauded Governor Schwarzenegger's call for improvements to the state's water system and a comprehensive solution for the Delta as part of his proposed state budget for 2008-'09.

"We commend the governor for keeping water issues high on the radar even as the state faces major budget challenges," ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn said. "Nearly every day there are new signs that the Delta and our water system are in crisis, and the current budget shortfall will not make that crisis go away. We can't wait to address our water problems -- there is too much at stake for the environment and our economy."

As part of his Strategic Growth Plan for the state, the governor proposed an $11.9 billion bond measure to fund investments in the state's water system, improve Delta sustainability, restore key ecosystems and expand water use efficiency efforts.

"ACWA is pleased to see the governor's commitment to move forward with a comprehensive approach to water that includes investments in local resources, improvements in our water system and restoration of the Delta's ecosystem. In particular, we are pleased that the governor remains committed to improving Delta conveyance and investing in additional groundwater and surface water storage," Quinn said.

"ACWA stands ready to work with the administration, the Legislature and all interested parties to make these investments as part of a comprehensive water package."

ACWA is a statewide association of public agencies whose 450 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California.

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