FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2017
Southern California Water Coalition Responds to Release of California WaterFix Final Environmental Impact Report/Statement
Critical Step Forward in Plan to Secure Delta Water Supply, Modernize Infrastructure
Los Angeles, CA – The California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today released a jointly produced Final Environmental Impact Report/Statement for California WaterFix, the project designed to modernize our state’s primary water delivery system, secure fresh water supplies and protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
“Today marks a significant step toward protecting our state’s water supply. Southern California Water Committee joins organizations throughout the region and state, including business, local government, agriculture, and water, in support of advancing this plan as a long-term solution to ensuring millions of people have reliable access to fresh water,” said Charles Wilson, Executive Director of Southern California Water Coalition. “With the ever-present threat of seismic disaster on our horizon, the need for decisive action is greater than ever, and California WaterFix proposes a modern, new system capable of protecting one of our most important water sources.”
The Final Environmental Impact Report for California WaterFix describes the 18 alternatives analyzed, discusses potential environmental impacts and identifies mitigation measures that would help avoid or minimize impacts. Additionally, the report includes responses to all substantive comments received on the 2013 Draft Environmental Impact Report and 2015 Partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report. For more information, please visit http://baydeltaconservationplan.com/FinalEIREIS.aspx.
Established in 1984, the Southern California Water Coalition 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, agriculture, water agencies, labor and the general public. Visit us at www.socalwater.org and find us on Facebook.