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January 24, 2012

Governor Brown Calls for Advancement of BDCP in State of the State Address

Governor Brown Calls for Advancement of BDCP in State of the State Address

In last week's State of the State Address, Governor Brown called for some major infrastructure advancements, including the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The Southern California Water Committee (SCWC) is pleased that Governor Brown, in partnership with the federal government, is committed to getting the core elements of BDCP agreed upon by summer 2012. Below is an excerpt from the State of the State Address and a response statement from SCWC.

“Another huge issue we must tackle is water. Last week, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar - met here in Sacramento with those in my administration who are working to complete the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Together we agreed that by this summer we should have the basic elements of the project we need to build. This is something my father worked on and then I worked on—decades ago. We know more now and are committed to the dual goals of restoring the Delta ecosystem and ensuring a reliable water supply,” said Governor Brown.

SCWC’s Richard Atwater commented on the Governor's support. Read the full press release here.


President Obama Signs Hoover Power Allocation Act

The Hoover Power Allocation Act of 2011—a key piece of legislation for Southern California water agencies—was signed into law by President Obama at the end of last year. The bill will reauthorize Hoover Dam power distribution for the next 50 years. The Hoover Dam provides power for 29 million people, businesses and public utilities, including Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Southern California Edison, Pasadena, Glendale, Riverside, Anaheim and Burbank

In late 2011, SCWC honored Representative Grace Napolitano with the organization’s Harriett Wieder Water Leadership Award for her sponsorship of this critical piece of legislation.


Testimonial of the Week

SCWC has been hearing from members and local leaders on a number of issues.We had the opportunity this year to hear from Ron Gastelum of Cordoba Corporation at our 27th Annual Dinner. Hear what Ron has to say about SCWC and how it has grown over the years.

To see all of our testimonials thus far visit our dedicated testimonial page on our website.


SCWC Luncheon This Friday! RSVP Now to Hear David Nawi From the Department of the Interior Address SCWC at this Year’s First Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is the hot topic in water this year, so to hear the latest, come join us and get a first-hand update from David Nawi, the Department of the Interior's Senior Advisor for California and Nevada, on the federal government’s role and perspective on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. We'll also hear about current voter attitudes on rates and infrastructure investments from Southern California pollster, Adam Probolsky.

This year’s meeting will be held at the Pacific Palms Hotel & Conference Center on January 27 at 10am. Luncheon begins at 12:00pm.

RSVP NOW for the Southern California Water Committee’s first Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon of 2012!      


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Established in 1984, the Southern California Water Committee is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public education partnership dedicated to informing Southern Californians about our water needs and our state's water resources. Spanning Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, Imperial, Riverside, Ventura and Kern Counties, the SCWC's members include representatives from business, government, labor, agriculture, water agencies and the general public.

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