AB 72 allocates $10 million to the General Fund to continue funding emergency drinking water projects and adds $10 million to local hydrant districts for technical assistance related to compliance with current drinking water standards. BAWSCA recognizes the need for a healthy environment in the Bay Delta and will continue to support efforts to negotiate a voluntary settlement agreement as a preferred alternative to achieving its objectives and providing urgent water to all water users it represents. BAWSCA respects the national water management service and its members and supports the objectives of the plan. However, the BAWSCA cannot support the plan adopted. As part of its action last December, the National Water Management Board expressed its support for the ongoing negotiations on negotiations with voluntary counts and expressed its willingness to consider an alternative. However, the success of these negotiations remains uncertain for the time being. Therefore, BAWSCA must take the necessary legal steps to protect the interests of water consumers. BAWSCA joins the city and county of San Francisco, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and other water suppliers with a long list of complaints regarding the San Francisco Bay-Sacramento San Joaquin Delta Estuary plan recently passed by the State Water Board. The plan includes the Tuolumne River, which is the source of 85 percent of the water for the San Francisco Regional (Hetch Hetchy) Water System, which in turn provides two-thirds of the water used by BAWSCA agencies. In recent weeks, rains have flooded California, flooded deep areas and polluted nearby waterways. But just over two years ago, the state was hit by the worst drought in history.
With climate change, these water extremes are becoming more frequent and intense. A new study by the Pacific Institute, in collaboration with California Forward, CEO Water Mandate and the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, finds that there are significant opportunities for the Santa Ana Watershed River business community to improve local climate resilience by investing in sustainable farming practices. Although concentrated in the Santa Ana River Basin, the results of the study apply to urbanized communities everywhere. BAWSCA, which has been authorized by state law as a water supplier, strongly supported the negotiation of a voluntary transaction agreement. It remains of the view that such an agreement is the best and most sustainable way to offer the desired ecological benefits for fish and other wildlife, while ensuring a reliable water supply, essential for local residents, businesses and organizations. AB 72 and AB 73 are early budget accounts for measures that urgently help communities with contaminated and uncertain water and also support communities affected by california wildfires. Hundreds of water systems across the state are contaminated with lead, arsenic or uranium. The legislation also specifies that funding for last year`s budget for drinking water in schools can be provided in the form of grants to public institutions, public water systems or non-profit water management organizations, and that the balance of drinking water funds for schools for 2016 has been reaped.