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Goal & Issue Summaries

Goal

Encourage responsible water quality goals and water development policies to meet the increasing demand for reliable water supplies.

Issue Summaries

Access to Water

Position: The CalChamber supports a comprehensive solution to the state’s chronic water shortage to ensure all Californians have access to clean and affordable water. Water storage combined with conveyance is an important part of achieving a water supply adequate to meet the needs of Californians.

Any reduction in water supplies for environmental purposes must be carefully balanced against the harm it will have on the business community. A robust economy depends on a thriving business climate. It’s business that provides jobs, housing, food and a good quality of life for residents of the state. Access to Water

Groundwater: The New Frontier

Position: The CalChamber supports legislation to improve the Groundwater Sustainability Management Act to alleviate the impacts on farmers, businesses, and landowners. The CalChamber also supports research and development of new technologies and water management practices that promote water use efficiency, recycling and reuse. Groundwater: The New Frontier

Long-Term Water Strategy

Position: The California Chamber of Commerce supports a balanced approach to securing a safe and reliable supply of water for all Californians. Conservation, desalination, recycling, reuse, water use efficiency, conveyance and storage should be vigorously pursued to help increase water supply. Permit streamlining amongst the various agencies should be undertaken to expedite the approval process.

Companies must participate at every opportunity in the regulatory process to educate regulators about business practices — especially compliance requirements imposed by other state, local and federal entities. Business productivity and cost containment should be foremost considerations in business comments. Long-Term Water Strategy

New Water Future

Position: The California Chamber of Commerce supports a balanced approach to securing a safe and reliable supply of water for all Californians. Conservation, desalination, recycling, reuse, water use efficiency, conveyance and storage should be vigorously pursued to help increase water supply. Permit streamlining amongst the various agencies should be undertaken to expedite the approval process.

Companies must participate at every opportunity in the regulatory process to educate regulators about business practices — especially compliance requirements imposed by other state, local and federal entities. Business productivity and cost containment should be foremost considerations in business comments. New Water Future

Major Victories

Protecting Vital Public Works Projects by opposing an initiative rejected by voters in 2016 that would have delayed or stopped vitally needed infrastructure projects all over the state—including water reliability projects, road safety and bridge repairs, university and college buildings—as well as impeded the state’s ability to make emergency repairs after a natural disaster (Proposition 53).

Promoting Availability and Security of California Water Supplies

  • Supported landmark federal legislation in 2016 containing much-needed funding for water projects and allowing water regulators to make the best use of water to benefit all parts of the state (S. 612).

Improving Management of California Water Supply

  • Supported follow-up legislation in 2015 to the landmark 2014 groundwater management law to improve judicial proceedings in comprehensive adjudications of groundwater rights without changing the law or existing water rights.
  • In 2015, stopped misguided proposals to increase the excise tax on water use, publicize a business’ water and energy use and require labeling of agricultural products irrigated with cleaned wastewater from oil fields (SB 789, AB 1520, ABX2 14).

Investing in Water Supply Reliability

  • Supported voter-approved Proposition 1 in 2014, providing funding for needed water storage projects, enabling the state to save in wet years for the inevitable droughts.
  • Preserved ability for voters to consider a legislative and bond package putting the state on a pathway to long-term water supply reliability and ensuring a safe drinking water supply (AB 1265). Instrumental in developing that package in 2009 (SBX7 1, SBX7 2, SBX7 6, SBX7 7, SBX7 8).

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Valerie-Nera-2008-300x300Valerie Nera
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