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Statement from San Diego County Water Authority Board Chair Fern Steiner calling for state leaders to place water bond on November ballot:

“San Diego County is at the end of California’s water system, and is particularly vulnerable to water supply constraints. Already San Diego County’s water supplies are being cut. Restrictions on pumping from the State Water Project have resulted in the loss of 500,000 acre-feet of water deliveries so far this year, including about 60,000 acre-feet that would have been delivered to San Diego County. Thousands of farmers in the county have had their water supplies cut up to 30 percent. They are stumping avocado trees and cutting production to cope.

Water Authority Commends Legislature’s Approval of Historic Water Legislation

The San Diego County Water Authority praised the California Legislature’s approval early today of a landmark package of legislation that aims to make long-term improvements in statewide water management and water supply reliability from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta.

Water Authority advocates federal funding for seawater desalination

The San Diego County Water Authority's plans to develop a seawater desalination facility continue to move forward as a result of recent legislative advocacy and action. The Water Authority board of directors today adopted positions of support on two US House of Representatives bills that would provide federal funding for the development of seawater desalination projects.

Agencies Release Quantification Settlement Agreement Funding Plan

Editor's Note: Attached is the three-agencies' plan and letter to Governor Gray Davis

Three agencies that are parties to California's Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) on the Colorado River on Wednesday released a new funding plan that will reduce the need for state funding to implement the historic water accord and provide added opportunity for studying restoration of the Salton Sea.

Metropolitan Water District ‘Water Supplies Report’ found inadequate

The San Diego County Water Authority board of directors, responding to a presentation on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's "Report on Metropolitan's Water Supplies," voiced concerns over the report's accuracy and the validity of its projected supplies. MWD's report provides information regarding its projected water demands and the supplies that are available to meet those demands in the future.

Water Authority board passes resolution supporting QSA-related legislative action

Resolution

The San Diego County Water Authority board of directors passed a resolution Thursday supporting legislation critical to implementing the proposed Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA). The resolution supports legislative appropriation of $200 million in Proposition 50 funds for the QSA and supports legislative relief from California’s Fully Protected Species statutes.

San Diego County Water Authority Board Endorses Proposition 50

The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors has endorsed Proposition 50, the $3.4 billion state bond initiative that would provide funds to address economic and environmental concerns for the San Diego – Imperial County water transfer through Senate Bill 482 and Assembly Bill 1473. California voters will decide on this ballot initiative on November 5, 2002.

State could adopt new low-water-use efficiency standards for residential clothes washers

Updated September 10, 2002 – Note: Governor has signed bill.

The California Assembly Committee on Natural Resources yesterday passed Assembly Bill 1561, which will require new water efficiency standards on all residential clothes washers. The bill, authored by Assembly member Dave Kelley (R-Idyllwild) and sponsored by the San Diego County Water Authority, would establish water standards that benefit both the state and consumers.

Water Authority Supports Water Bond Measure; Urges Legislators to Vote ‘Yes’ Today

The San Diego County Water Authority today announced its full support for Senate Bill 866 (Wolk/Steinberg) and Assembly Bill 1471 (Rendon/Atkins), companion $7.545 billion state water bond measures that would fund critical new water supply development and large-scale water infrastructure projects important for the future of San Diego County and all of California.